public eye

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public eye

  1. (idiomatic, almost always preceded by the) The focus of public attention, the limelight.
    • 1892, Mark Twain, The American Claimant, ch. 10:
      The chief function of an English journal is that of all other journals the world over: it must keep the public eye fixed admiringly upon certain things, and keep it diligently diverted from certain others.
    • 1909, P. G. Wodehouse, The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England, ch. 10:
      [T]here had been the heavy work of seeing the interviewers, signing autograph-books, sitting to photographers, writing testimonials for patent medicines, and the thousand and one other tasks, burdensome but unavoidable, of the man who is in the public eye.
    • 2013 Jan. 3, Luke Harding and Uki Goni, "Argentina urges UK to hand back Falklands and 'end colonialism'," The Guardian (UK):
      The president and her advisers seem convinced that by keeping the issue of the Falklands in the public eye she can embarrass London into eventual negotiations.

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