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in the eye of the beholder

in the eye of the beholder

Date: Mar 27 2003


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Of course, more attractive and less attractive is in the eye of the beholder!”
- Shirley Manson, singer for the band Garbage, talking about people featured in an advertisement.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

depends on the opinion of who is looking; is variable because people think differently; is relative to the individual person’s feelings; depends on the person’s point of view

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

In the eye of the beholder” is most often used in relation to beauty. People often say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in reference to opinions about beautiful things. However, other things can be in the eye of the beholder as well. For example, if you enjoyed a movie and your friend didn’t, you could say that the quality of the movie was in the eye of the beholder.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””I don’t really think Sarah’s boyfriend is that handsome, but I suppose that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”“

””Taste in cars is definitely in the eye of the beholder. My brother loves BMW’s, but I much prefer Japanese cars.”“

””You thought that movie was horrible? I thought it was wicked. That just proves that opinions are in the eye of the beholder.”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

It means that if a person is more attractive or less attractive it depends on the opinion of whom is looking.
by Antonio (Tiangua, Brazil)
Associated with the idiom, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, it refers to the changibility of opinions on abstract concepts, such as beauty, attractiveness etc.
by vedat (Istanbul, Turkey)
Something or someone may look pleasing to one person, while it looks unpleasing to another. To behold means to look; therefore, beholder means looker, or the one that is looking.
by Bruce (B. B. Salak Tinggi, Malaysia)
In the eye of beholder means from other peoples’ point of view.
by Tia (Wuxi, China)
Means “depends on what you see”.
by Eddy (HKSRC)
in the eye of the beholder” means different opinion about what they perceive
by XINLIN (Mississauga, Canada)
It depends on the person whether something is good or not.
by Jiman (Seoul, Korea)
Means: things may not be what they are but how we see them. Any thing can be attractive or unattractive depending on how it is viewed. Attractiveness may not be obvious but a caring eye will see it. Also We may miss a quality that is there but do not care to see.
by Srikanth (Bangalore, India)
You have your own view to describe something, whether someone has a good-looking or not, that all depends on you.
by Cosette (Taiwan)
“Be in the eye of the beholder,” depend on someone’s tastes, viewpoint, opinions, etc.
by GC (Genoa, Italy)
it means different person has different standard on how attractive it is. attractive or not, jsut depends on who is the judge.
by janice (Hong Kong, China)
I think it means beauty is percevived differently by different people.
by Jeralyn (Taipei, Taiwan)
In the eye of the beholder” means that something may be good in your eyes but not in others’ eyes, whether it’s good depends on people’s personality
by hui shen
In the eye of the beholder” means the one who is viewing the scene or the one who is passing the remark.
by Anji (Doha, Qatar)
It’s up to yourself to decide if it’s good or not.
by Nikky (Taoyuen, Taiwan)
in the beholder eye Means: in the eye of the people or the eye of the observer. simply, it means in the eye of others.
by MiSs (Kuwait city, Kuwait)
Depends on who the viewer.
by Jane (JB, Malaysia)
The opinion can vary from person to person.
by Juliana (Cvel, Brasil)
It’s up to you to decide.
by Alejandro (Salta, Argentina)
I think it means, you love the girl although she is ugly or beautiful. In your eyes, she is the most beautiful girl than the anothers.
by amy (hong kong, china)
Eye of beholder means your lover is the best no matter what he/she is or no matter what he/she does. kinda “love is blind”.
by M.Emma (Hong Kong, China)
It’s means that see clearly by other ones but the person who fall in trouble.
by Jannseu (ShangHai, China)
I guess the means is the people choose.
by qiping (Changsha, China)
Your actions needs others appraisement.
by Gabriel (Harbin, China)

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