apple of someone's eye
Deuteronomy 32:10d: "He guarded him as the apple 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.