apple of someone's eye
Deuteronomy 32:10, where it translates Biblical Hebrew אִישׁוֹן עֵינוֹ (ʾîšôn ʿênô, literally “the pupil of his eye”); from Middle English appel of the eyȝe, appel of þe ye (“eyeball; the visible part of the eye; pupil”), a dissimilated variant of Middle English ij appel (literally “eye-apple”). Compare English eye-apple.
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- (idiomatic) A favourite, a particular preference, or a loved one; the object of somebody's affections.
- Sara was never the same after losing her daughter, the apple of her eye.
- 1972, Stevie Wonder (lyrics and music), “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, in Talking Book:
- You are the apple of my eye / Forever you'll stay in my heart
- 1982, Domenic Bugatti; Frank Muskeer; Christopher Cerf (lyrics), “Prowlin'”, in Grease 2:
- You see the apple of your eye, stackin' peaches in a five foot pile / Just waitin' for some guy to come, and take her rollin' down the aisle