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eyes like a hawk

Meaning: If someone has eyes like a hawk, they have very good eyesight and they notice everything.

For example:

  • One of the president's bodyguards is over sixty, but he's still got eyes like a hawk. Just last year he spotted a guy pulling out a gun fifty yards away, and saved the president's life by pushing him to the ground.

  • You need eyes like a hawk to be a line judge at Wimbledon, especially these days when the top tennis players hit the ball so fast.

Origin: Idiomatic simile related to the fact that a hawk is a bird with exceptionally good eyesight.

Quick Quiz:

Which of these people would need eyes like a hawk?
  1. a pilot who searches for lost people
  2. a sound engineer who records music
  3. a chef who makes cakes and desserts

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