have/keep half an eye on

Definition of have/keep half an eye on

:to be only partly paying attention to :to look at occasionally
  • He had/kept half an eye on the TV while he read the paper.

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

half play
  1. : either of two equal parts that compose something

  2. : half an hour

  3. : one of a pair: such as

  1. : being one of two equal parts

  2. : that is approximately equal to either of two equal parts that compose something : amounting to approximately half

  3. : falling short of the full or complete thing : partial

  1. : in an equal part or degree

  2. : not completely : partially

  3. : by any means : at all

eye play
  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

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

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely


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