Apple of my eye

she is the apple of my eye, pics: © Joseph Cortes | Dreamstime.com

An America expression that has nothing to do with real apples in eyes.  Literally it is the central dark part of the eye but figuratively it means something – or more frequently – somebody one cherishes  and appreciates above others.

I have heard it used a lot with children and their parents.  “Ricardo loves his little daughter.  She is the apple of his eye.”

It can be used referring to objects as the following example shows:

Mom: “Okay, you can wear my diamond bracelet to the formal school dance but I want you to guard it like the apple of your eye.”

Teenager: “okay, mom, whatever!”

The expression is quite old and can be found in Shakespeare’s work and in early English translations of the Bible.  It is common and used mainly in casual conversation.

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