look (someone) in the eye

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idiom (1)

: to look directly at (someone who is also looking at one)
I wasn't afraid to look him (right) in the eye and tell him just what I thought of him!

look someone in the eye

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idiom (2)

: to look directly at someone
She looked me (right) in the eye and told me I was fired.

Examples of look (someone) in the eye in a Sentence

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The ability to show up at a branch and look someone in the eye can help. Ron Lieber, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2023 Spicer never wanted any barista to have to look someone in the eye with nothing to offer. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Mar. 2022

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“Look (someone) in the eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/look%20%28someone%29%20in%20the%20eye. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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