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    wandering eye

    I remember seeing or hearing the phrase used to refer to a person who is sexually interested in people other than their partner; they were said to have a wandering eye. I've looked for it in the dictionary now and it seems there is no such idiom!

    I can see "a roving eye" is there, but I know it only from an Ossian song (Ma Rovin' Eye, a nice song by the way). Is it really so that native speakers use "a roving eye" and don't use "a wandering eye"? I thought the verb "to rove" was used mostly by the Irish and the Scottish...
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    Re: wandering eye

    Hi bc.
    I have many times heard the term "roving eye" used to mean a tendency to look around for possible conquests, particularly when the looker is already in a relationship. I have heard "wandering eye" used only very rarely with this meaning. However, when I was young I knew someone who had a medical condition which caused one of their eyes to not direct itself properly towards wherever the person was looking. He was often said to have a "wandering eye" and I believe this is still an informal term for this condition.


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    Re: wandering eye

    Thanks!

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    Re: wandering eye

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I've looked for it in the dictionary now and it seems there is no such idiom!
    I wouldn't have expected a statement of such naivety coming from you, BC!

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    Re: wandering eye

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    I wouldn't have expected a statement of such naivety coming from you, BC!
    I must admit it was not a weighed statement!

    Which one of the two would you use?

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    Re: wandering eye

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I must admit it was not a weighed statement!

    Which one of the two would you use?
    "Roving eye", "wandering hands".

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    Re: wandering eye

    Americans would not say "roving." Wandering eye is acceptable.

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    Re: wandering eye

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I must admit it was not a weighed statement!

    Which one of the two would you use?
    They're both OK. Also "straying eye". I like the word "ogling".
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    Re: wandering eye

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I like the word "ogling".
    I do too! It sounds like what it means.

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    Re: wandering eye

    I like the word "ogling".

    I like the word "ogling" too, and to be honest, I may have ogled. Perhaps a "roving eye" does imply more strongly a pattern of behaviour with a tendency to act, post-ogle.

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