in the eye of

Idioms & Phrases

in the eye of

  1. In the center or focal point of something, as in They were right in the eye of this controversy. This term employs eye in the sense of "a central spot," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.

  2. in the eyes of. In the view or opinion of, from the standpoint of. For example, In the eyes of his fans Elvis could do no wrong, or In the eyes of the law he was a fugitive. The eyes here allude to their function, seeing. [Late 1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: in the eye
Next Definition: in the eye of the wind
Words Near: in the eye of
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for in the eye of
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing in the eye of
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature