eyeball

[[t]a͟ɪbɔːl[/t]]
eyeballs, eyeballing, eyeballed
1) N-COUNT Your eyeballs are your whole eyes, rather than just the part which can be seen between your eyelids.
2) VERB If you eyeball someone or something, you stare at them. [INFORMAL]

[V n] The guard eyeballed him pretty hard despite his pass.

3) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR, PHR n, oft PHR with n If you are eyeball to eyeball with someone, you are in their presence and involved in a meeting, dispute, or contest with them. You can also talk about having an eyeball to eyeball meeting or confrontation. [INFORMAL]

...the young thug who stands eyeball-to-eyeball with his victim.

...proposals that the two armies end their eyeball to eyeball confrontation and withdraw.

Syn:
4) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, adj/-ed PHR, PHR in n (emphasis) You use up to the eyeballs to emphasize that someone is in an undesirable state to a very great degree.

...driving around Los Angeles drugged up to the eyeballs...

He is out of a job and up to his eyeballs in debt.


English dictionary. 2008.

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