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    eyes bored into

    I cannot understand well enough the phrase eyes bored into somebody.

    "‘No!’ Euryale’s red eyes bored into Percy."

    https://books.google.com.tr/books?id...Percy.&f=false

    I cannot get connection between example sentence from the children's novel and the definition in the link following.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/de...us/bore#bore-4

    Would you help me get the connection?

    Thank you.

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    Re: eyes bored into

    Stare at someone intensely

    Stare as through your eyes were drilling a hole into whatever is being looked at.
    It's obviously a figurative use.


    The link, by the way:
    with object Make (a hole) in something, especially with a revolving tool.
    no object ‘the drill can bore through rock’


    !important]figurative ‘his eyes bored into hers’

    ‘they bored holes in the sides’

    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Sep-2017 at 23:45. Reason: Removed non-functioning code (probably pasted)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: eyes bored into

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Stare at someone intensely

    Stare as through your eyes were drilling a hole into whatever is being looked at.
    It's obviously a figurative use.

    The link, by the way:
    with object Make (a hole) in something, especially with a revolving tool.
    no object ‘the drill can bore through rock’


    important]figurative ‘his eyes bored into hers’

    ‘they bored holes in the sides’

    Is this figurative use only for eyes? Can other things or organs be used in this figurative manner?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Sep-2017 at 23:46. Reason: Removed non-functioning code in quote box

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    Re: eyes bored into

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Is this figurative use only for eyes?
    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: eyes bored into

    Eyes can make us feel uncomfortable or exposed when people stare or seem to look into us.

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