look (someone) in the eye

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Definition of look (someone) in the eye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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Definition of look someone in the eye (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 23 Jan. 2021.

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