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keep one's eyes peeled

Definition of keep one's eyes peeled


  1. :  to look or watch closely in order to see or find (something) <We kept our eyes peeled for a sign that would tell us where to turn.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to take notice of by appropriate conduct :  fulfill: as

    :  to be faithful to

    :  to act fittingly in relation to

  1. :  custody, charge

    :  maintenance

    :  one that keeps or protects: as

eyeplay eyes
  1. :  a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

    :  the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull

    :  all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  1. :  to fix the eyes on :  look at

    :  contemplate, consider

    :  to watch or study closely

peelplay peeled
  1. :  to strip off an outer layer of

    :  to remove by stripping

    :  to come off in sheets or scales

  1. :  the skin or rind of a fruit

    :  a thin layer of organic material that is embedded in a film of collodion and stripped from the surface of an object (as a plant fossil) for microscopic study

    :  chemical peel

  1. :  a usually long-handled spade-shaped instrument that is used chiefly by bakers for getting something (as bread or pies) into or out of the oven

  1. :  a medieval small massive fortified tower along the Scottish-English border —called also peel tower

Seen and Heard

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mysterious, holy, or spiritual

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