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Eye (verb active)

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To Eye.. v.a. [from the noun.] To watch; to keep in view; to observe.

When they are laid in garrison, they may better hide their defaults than when they are in camp, where they are continually eyed and noted of all men. Spenser on Ireland.

                Full many a lady
I've ey'd with best regard.
Shakespeare's Tempest.

                The kitchen Malkin pins
Her richest lockram 'bout her reeky neck,
Clamb'ring the walls to eye him.
Shakes. Coriolanus.

Bid the cheek be ready with a blush,
Modest as morning, when she coldly eyes
The youthful Phœbus.
Shakes. Troilus and Cressida.

Bold deed thou hast presum'd, advent'rous Eve,
And peril great provok'd, who thus hath dar'd,
Had it been only coveting to eye
That sacred fruit.
Milton's Paradise Lost, b. ix. l. 923.

Such a story as the basilisk is that of the wolf, concerning priority of vision, that a man becomes hoarse and dumb, if the wolf have the advantage first to eye him. Brown's Vulg. Err.

It was needful for her perpetually to eye her pursuing enemy. More's Antidote against Atheism.

Then gave it to his faithful squire,
With lessons how t' observe and eye her.
Hudibras, p. iii.

Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,
And catch the manners living as they rise.
Pope's Ess. on Man.

            Have a box when eunuchs sing,
And foremost in the circle eye a king.
Pope's Epist. of Hor.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Milton, John (449) · More, Henry (28) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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