Definition of have (or keep) one's eye on in English:

have (or keep) one's eye on


  • 1Keep under careful observation.

    ‘I've got my eye on you—any nonsense and you're for it!’
    • ‘According to Rutherford, the team had its eye on young center Matthew Stajan in the second round.’
    • ‘And we know you keep your eye on that very carefully.’
    • ‘Others saying that it felt good to be home, but they're keeping a very watchful eye on Rita.’
    look at, see, observe, view, gaze at, gaze upon, stare at, scan, regard, contemplate, survey, inspect, examine, scrutinize, study, consider, glance at, take a glance at
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    1. 1.1have one's eye on Hope or plan to acquire.
      ‘there was a vacant bishopric which the Dean had his eye on’
      • ‘I'm fascinated to watch yet I get sad whenever he scoots over to something he has his eye on.’
      • ‘Men, don't fear that cute little genius you have your eye on.’
      • ‘So, with such an array of films on offer, is there anything in particular that the event's director has his eye on?’
      • ‘‘If I can do the next two film scripts then I can afford to do the two theatre commissions that I have my eye on,’ he says.’
      • ‘Beck had his eye on the site for years before acquiring it in 1999.’
      • ‘That goal took Duff's tally for the season to four and he now has his eye on more between now and the end of the season.’
      • ‘With this in mind, Mr Brown will have his eye on making a big splash, hoping to follow up his speech with well-aimed and well-received tax incentives.’
      • ‘I'm on a retail roll, and there's this tasteful rugby top I have my eye on.’
      • ‘As for having my eye on ‘the main career chance’, I'm a freelancer, Jack.’
      • ‘The name Cottage doesn't do justice to the house Keane has his eye on.’