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Beady eye

(informal) keen watchfulness that may be somewhat hostile: he’s got his beady eye on you
Historical Examples

Sorrow for his loss did not prevent Noborinosuké bringing a bright and beady eye on Aoyama Shūzen.
Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville

He was not wholly at ease, and persistently avoided the Chinaman’s oblique, beady eye.
Dope Sax Rohmer

One could be that she’d get the beady eye anyway as soon as she showed up here.
Legacy James H Schmitz

The woman kept one hand free to admonish him—by his beady eye he required it—and to tend a simmering pot.
Where the Pavement Ends John Russell

The spotter was lounging against the check desk, and his beady eye seemed focused on Croly Addicks.
The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon Richard Connell

Twenty can play as well as one, croaked the parrot, his beady eye pressed between the bars of his cage.
Ainslee’s, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905 Various

The cabin, the sled, the scrub forest, all fell under the scrutiny of his beady eye.
Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell

Major Connel leveled a beady eye on the little gray-haired man.
The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell


A woman’s breasts; bazoom, jugs: What difference would it make that her bazongas were twice the size of mine?

[1970s+; all based on bazooms]


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