Definition of half an eye in English:

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half an eye

Used in reference to a slight degree of perception or attention: he kept half an eye on the house as he worked
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  • By then, I'd also discovered that, in the process of trying to restore the default settings on my digital camera while keeping half an eye on my oldest daughter, I instead erased the memory card, and all photos of the pumpkin patch.
  • I spent most of the afternoon sitting on the grass, with half an eye on the big screen, and in between reading and chatting to people around me.
  • I had only half an eye on what was happening, however.
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