to look someone in the eye

Idiom

To look someone in the eye

Definition

to look someone directly and unflinchingly in the face, typically while speaking to or confronting them.

Examples

He was able to look his boss in the eye and explain his decision,

She had the courage to look her mother in the eye and tell her the truth.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unknown, but it is thought to come from the belief that liars will not look someone in the eye.

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