[Ads-l] Facebook: "to eye off"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 3 13:59:59 UTC 2015


Sure it isn't just a pointless elaboration of to "eye"?

JL

On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> In the news recently was the story of a black male auto driver stopped and
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> interrogated by a while police officer who was passing him on the road.=C2=
> =A0 The police officer's reason for stopping the driver?=C2=A0 He was
> eyein=
> g me off.=C2=A0 (The driver had taken video of the encounter, which was
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> wn on the TV news.)
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> Well, the policeman actually said something like "because you were
> starting=
>  at me."=C2=A0 And while perhaps only slightly related to Wilson's
> examples=
> , seems like a natural extension.
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> Joel
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>       From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
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>  Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:08 PM
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> "Snarky guy in coffee line _eyes off_ my Bioshock Infinite T-shirt."
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> "Ever _eyed off_ the furniture at Mosko's & thought how good it might look
> at your place?"
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> WAG: ultimately < "can't take one's _eyes off_ of [...]"
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> -Wilson
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> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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