doing someone in the eye

TomPullings

Senior Member
Georgian
The more I hear of the Capitan-Bey and the more I reflect upon the situation, the more I am persuaded that he is less concerned with the possession of Kutali than with keeping Ismail out of it, and more generally with doing Ismail in the eye, as the seamen say.

This is from Patrick O'Brian book Ionian Mission. I havent found this expression anywhere. Does someone know what does it mean?

Thanks in advance.
 
  • TomPullings

    Senior Member
    Georgian
    i guess this is general expression, does someone have some clue about what the seaman mean by saying doing in the eye?
     
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