to catch someone's eye

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - catch someone's eye

"to catch someone's eye"

to attract someone's attention


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - catch someone's eye

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What are you doing?

Friend 2:  I'm trying to catch the waiters eye.

Friend 1:  Do you need something?

Friend 2:  Yes, I'd like more water.

Friend 1:  Perhaps the more effective way to get the waiter's attention is to just call him.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - catch someone's eye

Two colleagues are talking during a meeting ...

Colleague 1:  Why do you need to get the boss's attention?

Colleague 2:  Because he needs to know that we are not quite ready to present the next item on the agenda and I don't want him to appear as though he is unprepared.

Colleague 1:  I'll see if I can catch his eye.

Colleague 2:  OK. Just don't be too obvious about it, please.

to catch someone's eye - Usage:


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to catch someone's eye - Gerund Form:

Catching the boss's eye, he made a signal to change the subject.

to catch someone's eye - Examples:

1)  ... and I try to express through my work things that catch my eye or interest.

2)  On occasion at a quick glance, a T-shirt in the window might catch my eye. Like the one with kittens wearing cowboy hats, ...

3)  And I have only looked at this one case because it happened to catch my eye.

4)  There is something about summer crocus' (crocuses?) that always catch my eye.

5)  At lunchtime a couple of people catch my eye and I wonder if I have lettuce in my teeth.

6)  Go through the dictionary and collect ten words that catch your eye

7)  He is always trying to catch your eye, and is always the first to make eye contact and hold it. 

8)  I hung around shyly, hoping to catch your eye and say "Hi", but it didn't happen and I slunk off ...

9)  From that height, so many things catch your eye, but the cable car is quick so you don't have long at all ...

10)  On Twitter you can choose to follow anyone whose tweets catch your eye; ...

11)  The colour combination and the unique design of the logo are designed to catch the eye.

12)  I stopped and I started looking at people, seeing if I could catch the eye of someone. And it happened. Someone looked at me and I asked if ...

13)  He might be able to catch the eye of another team, but he'll be moving on, one way or another.

14)  ... the aluminum-look exterior mirrors and the pronounced side sills catch the eye.

15)  If you really want to catch the eye of potential employers and get them coming to you with job offers, getting creative ...

16)  Here are some innovative QR Code campaigns that have caught our eye recently: ...

17)  We were walking down Ferry Street and a video in a restaurant window caught our eye.

18)  To get you started, here are fifteen flicks that have caught our eye so far.

19)  We would smile at everyone who caught our eye as we went about our everyday lives.

20)  British gymnast Louis Smith caught our eye during the London Games thanks to his incredible shoulders and gorgeous face.