Definition of before (or in front of or under) one's (very) eyes in US English:

before (or in front of or under) one's (very) eyes


  • Right in front of one (used for emphasis, especially in the context of something surprising or unpleasant)

    ‘he saw his life's work destroyed before his very eyes’
    • ‘In the business, it's called rolling news - live footage of a breaking story that unspools before our very eyes.’
    • ‘Then before his very eyes, the seemingly solid wall in front of him opened.’
    • ‘He may well be right, but the perceived notion that Beattie is a restricted footballer, useful only as a target man seems to me to ignore the physical evidence in front of one's eyes.’
    • ‘Then she climbed up to the top of my head and lay sprawled there, her chin on my forehead and front paws hanging in front of my eyes.’
    • ‘Lansye were so old that most of them had seen at least several generations live and die before their eyes.’
    • ‘There has never been a day quite like September 11, a day on which history ran before our eyes, recorded live for the television.’
    • ‘Then it was like in the movies when people's lives passed in front of their eyes.’
    • ‘Morris always wanted people to recognise that Carnival design was an art - to accept the spectacle in front of their eyes as a genuine, living artistic achievement.’
    • ‘And the elderly grandparents carry the images of that van flying into their front yard and of their grandson dying before their eyes.’
    • ‘I've been hooked to my TV set over the last ten days, eagerly awaiting the latest developments happening live before my very eyes.’
    in person, before one's eyes, in front of one, before one's very eyes, in one's presence
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