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

have (or keep) an (or one's) eye on


  • 1Keep under careful observation.

    ‘dealers are keeping an eye on the currency markets’
    • ‘With it you can set up a camera, keep an eye on whatever needs watching and capture images at will.’
    • ‘These observers keep an eye on all the activities and make sure that people stay safe.’
    • ‘I always wear a heart-rate monitor and I keep an eye on my heart rate all the time.’
    • ‘The doctors keep an eye on the size of the tumour and for now it's okay.’
    • ‘Observers of politics also kept an eye on individuals who might emerge as candidates to be Prime Minister.’
    • ‘Many members enjoy working out and then relaxing in the hydrotherapy area, but now we will have no choice but to keep an eye on our watches.’
    • ‘They are much easier to observe, infiltrate & generally keep an eye on when they are in the open.’
    • ‘As part of a recent study, pupils are keeping an eye on a freshly picked daffodil which has begun to turn blue.’
    • ‘Observers said investors should keep an eye on the operating profit excluding the charge.’
    • ‘Our Highways Department keeps an eye on the bridge and checks it every week, using jetting equipment to keep it clear.’
    1. 1.1have one's eye on Hope or plan to acquire.
      ‘the county sheriff has his eye on retirement’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Beck had his eye on the site for years before acquiring it in 1999.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Men, don't fear that cute little genius you have your eye on.’
      • ‘I'm on a retail roll, and there's this tasteful rugby top I have my 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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The name Cottage doesn't do justice to the house Keane has his eye on.’
      • ‘I'm fascinated to watch yet I get sad whenever he scoots over to something he has his eye on.’
      • ‘As for having my eye on ‘the main career chance’, I'm a freelancer, Jack.’