keep an eye on

keep an eye on


  • keep a watch on something or someone closely
  • monitor something or someone
  • mind, give attention to
  • watch carefully, supervise


  1. Keep an eye on the students. We don’t want them to cheat during the exams.
  2. Keep an eye on the road or we might miss the turn we need to take.
  3. She asked her friend to keep an eye on her house while she was away.
  4. The woman kept an eye on the children as they played on the beach.
  5. He had put on a lot of weight lately, so he started keeping an eye on what he ate.
  6. Keep an eye on the speed. You might crash if you drive too fast.
  7. As he was not interested in historical places, he kept an eye on the luggage as his friends visited the monuments.
  8. While she was enjoying the conversation, she kept an eye on the watch so that she would not be late for her meeting.

The origin of the phrase is not known.

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