Monday, January 24, 2011

Keep your eyes peeled

If you keep your eyes peeled, you keep your eyes wide open and stay alert/ you watch carefully for something. (If you peel an onion, a banana, an orange etc, you are removing the skin of the fruit.)

1. When we go to the mall on a Saturday we need to keep our eyes peeled for an empty parking spot (space) because they are not easy to come by (find).    

2. In the classic 80's TV series "Knight Rider", Michael Knight (David Hasslehoff) used to say to KITT (His artificially intelligent black car), "Keep your eyes peeled" as he went into a house or a building. KITT was supposed to keep an eye out (watch) for the bad guys. Click here to see a 1-minute youtube video intro of Knight Rider.

3. These days cargo ships, oil tankers and fishing vessels have to keep their eyes peeled for modern day pirates off the coast of Somalia.

4. If you're a surfer you need to keep your eyes peeled for good waves... and in some places for sharks as well.

5. As the traffic on the road increases, we all need to keep our eyes peeled and drive defensively. We need to stay alert for drunk drivers and speed freaks (people who love the adrenaline caused by speed).


  1. Thank you.A good expression to know.Your explanation is very understandable for people who learn English.

  2. I will keep my eyes peeled to this blog!hehehe

  3. Hi Dewi! You can say: "I will keep my eyes peeled for new posts on this blog!" Thanks for stopping by again!