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before (or under) one's (very) eyes

Definition of before or under one's very eyes in English:

Right in front of one (used for emphasis, especially in the context of something surprising or unpleasant): he saw his life’s work destroyed before his very eyes
More example sentences
  • Then she climbed up to the top of my head and lay sprawled there, her chin on my forehead and front paws hanging in front of my eyes.
  • There has never been a day quite like September 11, a day on which history ran before our eyes, recorded live for the television.
  • I've been hooked to my TV set over the last ten days, eagerly awaiting the latest developments happening live before my very eyes.
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