Definition of give one's eye teeth for (or to be) in English:

give one's eye teeth for (or to be)

phrase

  • Do anything in order to have or be something.

    ‘I'd give my eye teeth to be a going to sea’
    • ‘Her childhood was one any novelist would give his eye teeth for.’
    • ‘For that one day of the year you would have given your eye teeth for your father to work there.’
    • ‘Two intelligent, independent individuals share their lives and a relationship which many couples would give their eye teeth for.’
    • ‘All I can say is that both directors would have given their eye teeth to work with actors this good.’
    • ‘There are certainly no fillers amongst this lot; even the drum solo number sounds like something most bands would give their eye teeth for.’
    • ‘Believe me, managers around the world would give their eye teeth to learn how we do it.’
    • ‘American Ballet Theatre, for instance, would give its eye teeth to land the talented young Spaniard.’
    • ‘‘Most other communities would give their eye teeth for a downtown airport,’ said Ehlers, who called the historic lakeside field a ‘jewel.’’
    • ‘The smash and grab antics of sea trout as they snatch your fly and tear away into the bladderwrack is a heart stopping experience most trout anglers would give their eye teeth for.’
    • ‘There are towns like Watchet all over Britain, left high and dry as local industries have failed, who'd give their eye teeth for the development funds available here.’