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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 of eyeball
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 eyeball

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 eyeball

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 eyeball 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 eyeball

give someone the fish-eye

verb phrase

To look or stare at someone in a cold, contemptuous, or menacing way: A well-fed man in tails opened the door, gave them the fish eye/ who gave me such hairy eyeballs that I want to slink back ( fish-eye form 1940s+, others 1960s+)


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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