Idiom: Catch someone’s eye


This has happened to all of us! You want to place your order, get the bill, or there’s something wrong with your meal and you cannot get your waiter’s attention… you cannot catch your waiter’s eye.

catch someone’s eye:  to get someone’s attention; to be attractive to someone.


  • I went shopping for a new coat, but nothing caught my eye.
  • All of the job applicant’s CV’s looked the same, but John’s work experience as a clown caught the director’s eye and he was selected for the interview.
  • Ethan tried to catch the beautiful woman’s eye but she looked straight ahead and pretended she didn’t see him.

Your turn! Time to write a practice sentence in the comments.

When you go to the shopping mall, what usually catches your eye? What do you say or do in a restaurant to catch the waiter’s eye? Or simply create your own sentence.

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5 thoughts on “Idiom: Catch someone’s eye

    1. Nicole Post author

      The color red catches your eye more than any other color… very interesting. I love red too! But orange and pink also catch my eye ;)


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