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

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Sep 3 00:45:57 UTC 2015

In the news recently was the story of a black male auto driver stopped and interrogated by a while police officer who was passing him on the road.  The police officer's reason for stopping the driver?  He was eyeing me off.  (The driver had taken video of the encounter, which was shown on the TV news.)

Well, the policeman actually said something like "because you were starting at me."  And while perhaps only slightly related to Wilson's examples, seems like a natural extension.


      From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
 Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:08 PM
 Subject: [ADS-L] Facebook: "to eye off"
"Snarky guy in coffee line _eyes off_ my Bioshock Infinite T-shirt."

"Ever _eyed off_ the furniture at Mosko's & thought how good it might look
at your place?"

WAG: ultimately < "can't take one's _eyes off_ of [...]"
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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