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eyeball

[ahy-bawl] /ˈaɪˌbɔl/
noun
1.
the ball or globe of the eye.
2.
eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something:
Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online.
verb (used with object)
3.
Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely:
two opponents eyeballing each other.
Idioms
4.
give (someone) the hairy eyeball, Slang. to look at (someone) with eyelids partly lowered, as in hostility or distrust.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; 1900-05 for def 3; eye + ball1
Related forms
eyeballer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for give someone the hairy eye ball

eyeball

/ˈaɪˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
the entire ball-shaped part of the eye
2.
eyeball to eyeball, in close confrontation
verb
3.
(transitive) (slang) to stare at
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Word Origin and History for give someone the hairy eye ball

eyeball

n.

also eye-ball, 1580s, from eye (n.) + ball (n.1). As a verb, 1901, American English slang. Related: Eyeballed; eyeballing.

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give someone the hairy eye ball in Medicine

eyeball eye·ball (ī'bôl')
n.

  1. The globe-shaped portion of the eye surrounded by the socket and covered externally by the eyelids. Also called bulb of eye.

  2. The eye itself.

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Slang definitions & phrases for give someone the hairy eye ball

eyeball

verb

To look at; look over; scope on •An isolated instance is attested in 1901: He would eyeball the idol-breaker/ You locate trophies before they eyeball you (1940s+ Black)

Related Terms

give someone the fish-eye, up to one's eyeballs


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Encyclopedia Article for give someone the hairy eye ball

eyeball

spheroidal structure containing sense receptors for vision, found in all vertebrates and constructed much like a simple camera. The eyeball houses the retina-an extremely metabolically active layer of nerve tissue made up of millions of light receptors (photoreceptors)-and all of the structures needed to focus light onto it. The sclera, the tough protective outer shell of the eyeball, is composed of dense fibrous tissue that covers four-fifths of the eyeball and provides attachments for the muscles that move the eye. The sclera is itself covered anteriorly by the conjunctiva, a transparent mucous membrane that prevents the eye from drying out. At the front of the eye, the tear film covers the transparent cornea, the "window" through which light passes into the eye. Working in concert with the aqueous humour behind it, the cornea provides the greatest focusing power of the eye. However, unlike the lens, the shape and focusing power of the cornea are not adjustable. Other important structures in the eyeball include the iris and the lens. Much of the eyeball is filled with a transparent gel-like material, called the vitreous humour, that helps to maintain the spheroidal shape

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