One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cross-eyed or squinting.‘a boss-eyed sidekick’‘I was boss-eyed looking for you on TV’
- ‘Increasingly it feels as if the violence did not go away but was supplemented by a vile and damaging hatred among those who used to bring something more worthwhile to the ground than a boss-eyed devotion to one team.’
- ‘When I was at school in the 80s we used to have these awful Country Dancing lessons which involved prancing up and down our school hall beneath the boss-eyed instruction of a mad pensioner.’
- ‘She ordered wine from a boss-eyed kid behind the bar who had a strange patch of greying hair at the back of his head like he'd fallen asleep against a blackboard.’
- ‘He was standing at his door with a mug of tea in hand, boss-eyed after hours on the computer sending begging letters.’
- ‘This long weekend will see a nation boss-eyed with self-indulgent excitement, hooked on the dangerous drug of royal nostalgia.’
Mid 19th century: compare with dialect boss ‘miss, bungle’, of unknown origin.
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