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 Eye-sore.Eye of a Needle. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Eye-teeth.
 
The canine teeth are so called because their fangs extend upwards nearly to the orbits of the eyes.   1
   To draw one’s eye-teeth. To take the conceit out of a person; to fleece one without mercy; to make one suffer loss without seeing the manœuvre by which it was effected.   2
        “I guess these Yanks will get their eye-teeth drawn if they don’t look sharp.”—W. Hepworth Dixon: New America, vol. i.
 


 Eye-sore.Eye of a Needle. 

 
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