To keep one’s eyes peeled means to be alert, observant. This seems an odd phrase, but dates back to the 1820s in Britain, when Sir Robert Peel established the first organised police force. The officers were known as ‘peelers, or ‘bobbies’.
Where did the term eyes peeled come from?
So what is the origin of the phrase keep your eyes peeled? Both versions might derive from the practice of peeling/skinning certain foods before eating them. For example, a person usually peels a banana before consuming it. The purpose of the peeling is to “open” it up.
What does the idiom keep your eyes peeled mean?
If you tell someone to keep their eyes peeled for something, you are telling them to watch very carefully for it. [informal]
What is another way to say keep your eyes peeled?
What is another word for keep eyes peeled?
|keep an eye out||keep your eyes open|
|keep an eye skinned||keep a look-out|
|wait||keep an eye peeled|
|watch||look out for|
What does ears to the ground mean?
If you keep or have your ear to the ground, you make sure that you find out about the things that people are doing or saying.
What is the difference between Peel and peal?
A peel is the skin of a fruit or vegetable. A peal is a loud sound of repeated or reverberating ringing (bells) or laughter.
What does bolt from the blue mean?
Definition of bolt from the blue
: a complete surprise : something totally unexpected.
Where did the phrase Keep me posted come from?
The origin of the expression to keep someone posted is lost in the mists of time. It may have come from the verb to post meaning to nail public documents and information to a wooden post in the public square, a common practice in the Middle Ages. Another possibility is the use of the word post to mean mail.
Do bells peel or peal?
Peal refers to the sound of a bell, or any other ringing sound. A peel is the outer rind of a fruit or any other layer, or the act of removing such a layer.
What does on the qui vive mean?
Definition of qui vive
: alert, lookout —used in the phrase on the qui vive They lived on the qui vive, always ready for a duel if their honor was in any way impugned.—
What’s another way to say stay tuned?
Keep me in the loop. Keep me up-to-date. Keep me apprised. Keep me up to speed.
What does wet behind the ears come from?
The idiom wet behind the ears is a reference to a newborn baby, still wet with amniotic fluid. It is an American phrase, coined around 1902, though Edward Bulwer-Lytton used the phrase not yet dry behind the ears in the novel The Parisians in 1873.
What does fish out of water mean?
A person away from his or her usual environment or activities. For example, Using a computer for the first time, Carl felt like a fish out of water, or On a hiking trail, Nell was a fish out of water. This expression alludes to the fact that fish cannot survive for long on dry land. [ Late 1300s]
What does it mean to keep your feet on the ground?
Definition of have/keep one’s feet on the ground
: to be a sensible and practical person Even after she became famous, she always kept her feet on the ground.