Posted by: Dutch | November 25, 2009

Apple of my eye

Meaning

Originally meaning the central aperture of the eye. Figuratively it is something, or more usually someone, cherished above others.

Origin

The phrase is exceedingly old and first appears in Old English in a work attributed to King Aelfred (the Great) of Wessex, AD 885, entitled Gregory’s Pastoral Care. The earliest recorded use in modern English is in Sir Walter Scott’s Old Mortality, 1816:

“Poor Richard was to me as an eldest son, the apple of my eye.”

It also appears in the Bible, Deuteronomy 32:10 (King James Version)

“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.”

and Zechariah 2:8:

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”

– Sincere thanks to Gary Martin of The Phrase Finder

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