Definition of have eyes in the back of one's head in US English:

have eyes in the back of one's head

phrase

  • Know what is going on around one even when one cannot see it.

    • ‘You have to have eyes in the back of your head to make sure they are OK.’
    • ‘The bottom line is that in a confrontation with an automobile a cyclist will always loose, and you do not have eyes in the back of your head.’
    • ‘He didn't have that quality of having eyes in the back of his head.’
    • ‘I suppose it never hurts to have eyes in the back of your head.’
    • ‘Your children actually do believe you when you tell them you have eyes in the back of your head.’
    • ‘Referees will always be under pressure and we all accept that is part and parcel of the job, but people have to remember we are fallible and that we don't have eyes in the back of our head.’
    • ‘‘These two cars are a bit of a challenge… you need to have eyes in the back of your head when you stop at a station’.’
    • ‘You need to have eyes in the back of your head and always be one step ahead - think about the next skill she'll learn and plan ahead.’
    • ‘Like a parent who claims to have eyes in the back of their head, Shannon whipped around, aware of being watched.’
    • ‘And how can a local referee, without neutral assistants, probably impartial because of club affiliation, act correctly, and be expected to have eyes in the back of his head?’