eyeball

/ˈaɪbɔl / (say 'uybawl)

noun
1. the ball or globe of the eye.
verb (t)
2. Colloquial to look at, especially to observe closely.
3. to inspect (an object) directly as with the naked eye or through a telescope, as opposed to indirect inspection, as by reading the traces from a radio telescope, a spectroscope, etc.
adjective
4. allowing close observation.
phrase
5. eyeball to eyeball, aggressively face to face; in confrontation. {Phrase Origin: reportedly originally African American servicemen's idiom but popularised in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Following the US–USSR confrontation about the Soviet placement of missiles on Cuban soil, US secretary of state, Dean Rusk, said to reporters: `Remember, when you report this, that, eyeball to eyeball, they blinked first'.}
6. give someone the greasy (or hairy) eyeball, Colloquial to look at someone disdainfully or disapprovingly.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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