have a roving eye
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British pronunciation/hav ɐ ɹˈəʊvɪŋ ˈaɪ/
American pronunciation/hæv ɐ ɹˈoʊvɪŋ ˈaɪ/
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to frequently look at other people, often in a romantic or sexual way, despite being in a committed relationship

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to [have] a roving eye definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "have a roving eye" and when to use it?

The phrase is thought to have originated in the 19th century, when it was used to describe sailors who were away from home for long periods of time and were therefore more likely to be attracted to other women. It is used to describe someone who has a tendency to look at or show interest in others, especially in a romantic or flirtatious way, despite being in a committed relationship.

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The new employee in the office quickly gained a reputation for having a roving eye, constantly flirting with colleagues and making romantic advances.
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