Posted by R. Berg on October 20, 2006
In Reply to: Catch ones eye posted by Eva on October 19, 2006
: what's the origin of the phrase "Catch ones eye"
In the Oxford English Dictionary, use of "eye" to mean a glance in a particular direction, in phrases like "[something] takes the eye" and "[something] strikes our eye," starts to appear in writing in the 18th century. This is the sense that "catch one's eye" uses. I don't know when or where that exact phrase was first used. ~rb