Apple of the eye

the pupil.

See also: Apple

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Alcantara, who captured the European Under-21 Championship MVP after his hatrick led Spain to their fourth title in the tournament, is the apple of the eye of the Red Devils' management because of his cunning ability to orchestrate plays and score goals at such a young age.
The horse in question is See You Sometime, the stalwart and stable star of trainer James Mullins, and no doubt the apple of the eye of his owner-breeders Mr and Mrs Meaden.
His first novel, The Apple of the Eye (1924), was originally published serially in the Dial.