apple of someone's eye

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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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apple of someone's eye (plural apples of someone's eye)

  1. (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.

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