Half an eye


Also found in: Idioms.
very imperfect sight; a careless glance; as, to see a thing with half an eye; often figuratively.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.

See also: Eye

References in classic literature ?
This appeal seemed to produce some effect, for two of the fellows began to look here and there among the lumber, but half-heartedly, I thought, and with half an eye to their own danger all the time, while the rest stood irresolute on the road.
"It is your misfortune then," he remarked dryly, "that you may not be judged by one with but half an eye."
You might have seen, with half an eye," he added, "that that's his line.
As I left his office he made an insinuation that led me to believe he thought I had half an eye on my next contract.
But she will also have half an eye on her fiance, the former Hull and Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore.
"You would be silly not to have half an eye on it because it is still mathematically possible,'' he said.
Young said of relegation: "You'd be silly not to have half an eye on it because it is still mathematically possible."
Young (right) said of relegation: "You would be silly not to have half an eye on it because it is still mathematically possible."
Anybody with half an eye can see that Germany rules the EU roost, nothing happens without their agreement.
Sitting just behind me at Anfield was Liverpool's ace marksman Ian Rush and I wondered how many more goals he would have picked up in his illustrious career by having half an eye anticipating every time a goalkeeper dribbled and then passed to his nearest defender rather than put the ball 30 or 40 yards up the pitch.
But the derby is the filling in the sandwich of Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City and, after the Reds' stunning 3-0 victory at | Manager Sam Allardyce Anfield on Wednesday, they head into today's match with more than half an eye on the second leg.
Carlo Ancelotti's men eased off in the second half, perhaps with half an eye on the weekend's Clasico, but that did not take away from a special display for Ronaldo.