See eye to eye

The phrase see eye to eye is an idiom. We will examine the meaning of the idiom see eye to eye, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

To see eye to eye means to agree with someone, to hold the same opinion as someone else, to understand each other in a profound manner. The phrase see eye to eye is taken from a biblical passage, Isaiah chapter 52 verse 8 of the King James Version: “…for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” In this passage, the expression see eye to eye means to meet face-to-face, or in person. Today, the idiom see eye to eye means to agree with some one, the idea is that one’s eyes are on exactly the same level as the other person’s eyes. Related phrases are sees eye to eye, saw eye to eye, seeing eye to eye. Note that according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term is not hyphenated.

Examples

While we may not all see eye to eye on a decent presidential candidate, we can agree on cheering for humans to destroy mean aliens. (The Miami New Times)

That means they may increasingly see eye to eye on Syria even if Russia and Iran are on one side of the Syrian conflict and Turkey ostensibly on the other. (The Jerusalem Post)

It will be interesting for viewers to see the BB 12 housemates together on screen as the two never saw eye to eye in the reality show. (India Today)

Blatter rejected allegations of vote-buying, and the two ­never saw eye to eye after that. (The Scotsman)