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ROBINDESBOIS November 01, 2017 01:37 PM

Only for your eyes vs for your eyes only
Is there a difference in meaning? Do they both mean the same? If there is a difference in meaning whatīs the rule to follow?

Rusty November 01, 2017 02:41 PM

When discussing something of a private matter or 'top secret', both phrases could mean the same thing. However, the well-known phrase is the latter.

If you're talking about something that is only applied to one's eyes, like makeup, the first phrase would be used.

wrholt November 01, 2017 06:40 PM

I concur with Rusty: they could be the same, but in some contexts we favor one over the other.

"for your eyes only" suggests that other people shouldn't be allowed to see it, while "only for your eyes" suggests that something is useful only in relation someone's eyes rather than to some other part of the body.

poli November 01, 2017 06:56 PM

These drops are only for your eyes. Do not place them in your ears.:)
For your eyes only means strictly entre nous.

Garachico November 08, 2017 10:13 PM

Love song
Concurring with everyone else, while I've heard for your eyes only a thousand times (thank Ian Fleming for that), I'd never heard only for your eyes. In fact, if you hadn't provided the context, I would have guessed that was a line from a romantic tune.

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