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Lay eyes on   /leɪ aɪz ɑn/   Listen
Lay eyes on

See with attention.  Synonym: behold.

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"Lay eyes on" Quotes from Famous Books

... voices, have vanished for ever. But I find instead among the medley of worn-out gewgaws those little old insignificant objects which have hung on by our side for forty years without ever having been noticed by us, and which, when we suddenly lay eyes on them again, have somehow the importance, the significance of relics of the past. They produce on my mind the effect of those people—whom we have known for a very long time without ever having seen them as they really are, and who, all of a sudden, some evening, ...
— The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII. • Guy de Maupassant

... four times waded the river, but this time, being on horseback, I escaped a wetting by holding my feet high on the saddle. My spirits would not have been so light and gay, if I could have foreknown that I should not lay eyes on the river again until the war should be over. Nothing of moment occurred while we ...
— Reminiscences of a Rebel • Wayland Fuller Dunaway

... on your knees. You'll go to the colonel, I say, and he may hang you if he sees fit. You must be a most damnable villain to want to die by the first rope you lay eyes on." ...
— The Master of Appleby • Francis Lynde

... it matter?" she asked herself bitterly; "in a few days I'm going, and then I shall never lay eyes on him again," and the tears welled up ...
— A Woman's Will • Anne Warner

... "Ye knows how heavy-hearted with dread I be about my paw. Ye knows thet when I left him I wasn't no ways sure I'd ever lay eyes on his livin' face ergin. I ain't sure now." Her voice threatened to break and to control it she pitched it into a harder tone. "Ye knows, too, who's ...
— A Pagan of the Hills • Charles Neville Buck

... time; and when I tell you how I worked to get it over, and to be back with you, you will understand many things. The most important of all will be how I love you. Only wait until I can lay eyes on you, you will just take one look and know that it couldn't be helped, that the delay was the work of others, that, all I wanted was my Bessie ...
— Adventures and Letters • Richard Harding Davis

... pay no interest. Haint had time to build a 'sylum fer people with idees yet, in this territory. Ef you must have 'em, why let me rec-ommend Bost'n. Drove hack there wunst, myself." Then after a pause he proceeded with the deliberation of a judge: "It's the best village I ever lay eyes on fer idees, is Bost'n. Thicker'n hops! Grow single and in bunches. Have s'cieties there fer idees. Used to make money outen the fellows with idees, cartin 'em round to anniversaries and sich. Ef you only wear a nice ...
— The Mystery of Metropolisville • Edward Eggleston

... and down the piano, fast and never catching up. Del Monte motif slow, lazy melody—ending with dance-music for night-time. In plain English, what Del Monte meant was a care-free, absolutely care-free, jaunt into another world. It was not our world,—we could have been happy forever did we never lay eyes on Del Monte,—and yet, oh, it was such fun! Think of lazing in bed till eight or eight-thirty, then taking a leisurely bath, then dressing and deliberately using up time doing it—put one shoe on and look at it a spell; then, when you are ...
— An American Idyll - The Life of Carleton H. Parker • Cornelia Stratton Parker

... wavered. "Well, de devil, he ain' never let on his age," she said at last; "but w'en I fust lay eyes on 'im, he warn' no mo'n ...
— The Battle Ground • Ellen Glasgow

... me lay eyes on him—he brought me this! Go yourself and carry him a message to send. The doctors are letting her die; they think she has no money. ...
— Harrigan • Max Brand

... to-night and destroy Siva. How I could have been infatuated enough to believe in that senseless piece of wood is beyond my power to understand. But destroy it, sir; take it away; let me never lay eyes on it again." ...
— A Master of Mysteries • L. T. Meade

... a specimen of his fierce temper and recklessness,—he came stamping and cursing; and jumping from the car on to the tender, he drew a pistol, and cried out, "Where is that cursed engineer, that did this pretty job? I'll shoot him the minute I lay eyes on him." ...
— Thirteen Months in the Rebel Army • William G. Stevenson

... hate it! I wore it for spite. I'll give this to either of you ladies now, and I'll never ask to lay eyes on it again." ...
— The Doctor's Daughter • "Vera"

... "However, I'd like to lay eyes on the sort of man who can unjoint this devilish combination of politics and law and finance," he informed himself, trying to justify ...
— The Landloper - The Romance Of A Man On Foot • Holman Day

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