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

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 3 16:49:29 UTC 2015


Is "to eyeball" instead of simple "to eye" a pointless elaboration? Not to
me. To eyeball means a careful examination from the exterior, much more
than just seeing or spotting.

I confess to not understanding what "to eye off" means in this context.

DanG

On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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> > Sure it isn't just a pointless elaboration of to "eye"?
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> Like "to eyeball" instead of simple "to eye."
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> Youneverknow.
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