Green’s Dictionary of Slang

all my eye phr.

also all his eye, (all) in my eye, all your eye, eye, my eye

a phr. meaning utter, absolute nonsense; also attrib. (see cite 1927).

[UK]Vanbrugh & Cibber Provoked Husband V i: la. grace: O fy! there is not a more elegant Beauty in Town, when she’s drest. man: In my eye, Madam, she that’s early drest has ten times her elegance.
[UK]Universal Mag. Knowledge & Pleasure 32 159: This treatment, Gentlemen, is all my eye.
[UK]O. Goldsmith Good Natur’d Man II i: That’s all my eye – the king only can pardon.
[Ire] ‘De Night before Larry was Stretch’d’ Irish Songster 4: When one of us ax’d ‘could he die, / Widout having truly repented,’ / Says Larry ‘dat’s all in my eye’ / And first by de clergy invented.
[UK]Bacchanalian Mag. 58: ‘Why jealous girls, it’s all my eye’.
[UK]Jack the Giant Queller 18: He did not e’en attend to half his duties, / And when he did, indeed was all my eye.
[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 7: Phoo! [...] a volunteer! That’s all in my eye!
[UK] ‘The Nightingale-Club’ Universal Songster I 2: ‘That’s all my eye,’ says the Watchman.
[UK]Bell’s Life in London 24 Dec. 2/5: We know that ’tis only ‘my eye’.
[UK]‘True Principles of Milling’ in Corinthian in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 57: First to frighten your man by your chaffing ne’er try, / Tho’ a few greens may laugh, still it is all my eye.
[US]C.A. Davis Letters of Major J. Downing (1835) 123: And old laws are ‘all my eye.’.
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker II 85: You treat the subject with as much levity as if, to use one of the elegant and fashionable phrases of this country, you thought it all ‘in my eye.’.
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 11 Feb. 2/2: Grimston’s Eye Snuff. A small portion of this valuable material is on sale at Mrs M’s. Joe says its all my eye.
[UK]Leicester Jrnl 1 Mar. 4/1: To one long used to gloom — All in my eye.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Feb. 2/2: [He] quoted from ‘Grabem’s Digest on All my Eye,’ No. 2, page 62.
[UK]Sam Sly 3 Feb. 2/2: He would advise him to purchase a little sticking plaster for his nose. Sam thinks it’s all my eye that the sore proceeds from a cold.
[US] ‘London Vocalists’ Jolly Comic Songster 237: Here’s Brittania rules the wave – but that ’ere’s All in my eye, sirs.
[Ind]Delhi Sketch Bk 1 Mar. 28/2: Medicus: Pooh pooh that’s all my eye!
[UK]Dickens Little Dorrit (1967) 319: You know, in a general way, what being a reference means. It’s all your eye, that is!
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 30: eye Nonsense; humbug.
[US]G.E. Clark Seven Years of a Sailor’s Life 49: O, that’s all in my eye; don’t you ’spose the old man knows the road?
[US]H.L. Williams Black-Eyed Beauty 62: They mumble of ‘descended from Duke of York, royal blood,’ all my eye, et cet.
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 601: Eye, all in your — a phrase expressive of utter unbelief in an account related by another.
[UK]G. Leybourne ‘Covent Garden’ Comic Songs 12: Very often he’ll try, – but it’s all my eye – / To get home to his supper, still warming.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 3 June 2/1: ‘All my eye.,’ says Lillian.
[Scot]Dundee Eve. Teleg. 26 Sept. 4/2: ‘All in your eye’ is a common jocose remark.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) III 454: ‘It’s all my eye,’ she used to remark when we talked on the subject.
[US] in W.S. Walsh Literary Curiosities 352: Eye. All my eye. This slang term for fudge, nonsense.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 4 Mar. 1/3: Again, his rumoured blindness is a lie — / In fact, the cablegrams are ‘all my eye’.
[Aus]C. Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict 3: All in My Eye, a joke; I don't believe it.
[UK]O.C. Malvery Soul Market 35: In the same house [...] lived two ‘grizzlers’ — men who were supposed to be respectively blind and crippled. Ellen assured us it was all ‘my eye’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Dec. 25/3: No, he has no ‘pore ole muvver.’ That is ‘all his eye.’.
[Aus]Gippsland Times (Vic.) 17 May 4/5: There was some talk of committee men having the inside running being able to get an early notmination in a limited dog stake, but that was all ‘in my eye’ in this instance.
[UK](con. WW1) P. MacDonald Patrol 118: ‘A bleedin’ ketch-as-ketch-can huggin’-party with a lot of all-me-eye rules made up on the spot’.
[Aus]Gundagai Indep. (NSW) 2 July 3/2: This talk about prospects not ‘been too bright’ is all in my eye and Betty Martin.
[UK]J.B. Priestley Good Companions 350: It’s all me eye.
C. Drew ‘Shakespeare Harry’s Runner’ in Bulletin 27 June 50/1: That tale his manager put up about wanting the measurin’-tape to check the Botany track was all me eye .
[UK]G. Ingram Cockney Cavalcade 77: This Raffles business was all ‘my eye’, really, and couldn’t be done.
[Ire]‘Myles na gCopaleen’ Faustus Kelly in ‘Flann O’Brien’ Stories & Plays (1973) 151: Yerrah, that’s all me eye for a yarn, you won’t win any election with that class of talk.
[Scot]Motherwell Times (Lanarks.) 10 Aug. 3/1: When a friend says,m ‘It’s all in my eye,’ he either means he doesn’t believe a word of it, or he has heard so many stories [...] it’s just a lot of eyewash!
[Aus]D. Stivens Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 15: ‘All my eye!’ said the old mouse.

In phrases

all my eye and my elbow


[UK]‘A. Dunderpate’ Natura Rerum 23: Umbra et fumus. My eye! And my elbow!
[Scot]Blackwood’s Edinburgh Mag. Feb. 229/2: As to your nonsense about pistols and all that, it's all my eye and my elbow.
[US]American Turf Register and Sporting Mag. Nov. 536: Some folks pretend to know an osses age by his teeth, but that is all my eye and my elbow.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 20 June 3/3: [heading] My Eye and My Elbow.
[UK]C.J. Dunphie Free Lance 28: ‘You might shut the door quite as effectually with half that noise.’ ‘Oh! my eye and my elbow!’ replied that haughty young porter.
[UK]A. Quiller-Couch Story of the Sea 679: Upstairs is a small museum containing elegant, but useless, devices of inventors, which, as the nautical phrase has it, are ‘all my eye and my elbow’.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
[UK]Derbyshire Courier 21 Oct. 5/5: It’s all ‘my eye and my elbow’ sleeping out in this part of the country.
all my eye and my grandmother


[UK]C.J. Collins Sackville Chase 1 198: ‘Oh, that is all my eye and my grandmother!’ replied Mr. Sparke.
[UK]H. Baumann Londinismen (2nd edn).
W. Mathews Cockney past & Present 141: A Londoner would express contempt by saying ‘It’s all my eye and my grandmother’, that relation taking the place of the more familiar Betty Martin.