Friday, January 18, 2013

cliché: apple of my eye, the

Meaning: The focus of my eye; someone or something cherished above others.

Example: Of all the young ladies at the dance, I couldn't take my eye off of her. She was the apple of my eye.

Origins: AD 885 from an Old English work attributed to King Aelfred the Great and The Bible: Deuteronomy 32:10 and Zechoriah 2:8. More lately by Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott.

(Definition and origins.)

  • The red delicious of my eye
  • The apple of my joy
  • The fruit of my appreciation
  • The joy of my focus

Discussion: In the first rewrite, use the species of apple of your choice, any would probably work, although the more notable the variety the better the metaphor works.

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