Eyelid pull

Image of man making the "eyelid pull" hand gesture, published by Di Jorio in 1832 in Naples, Italy

The eyelid pull is a gesture in which the finger is used to pull one lower eyelid further down, exposing more of the eyeball. This gesture has different meanings in different cultures, but in many cultures, particularly in the Mediterranean, signifies alertness, or a warning to be watchful.[1][2][3]

In Turkey it may mean "you do not fool me" similar to "my eye", an archaic term of disbelief in English.

See also


  1. James Hall (23 October 2008). The Sinister Side: How Left-right Symbolism Shaped Western Art. OUP Oxford. pp. 99–. ISBN 978-0-19-923086-0.
  2. Suzanne Ruthven (26 September 2014). Compass Points: Creating Meaningful Dialogue. John Hunt Publishing. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-1-78279-529-2.
  3. Paul Hardwick (2011). English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning. Boydell Press. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-1-84383-659-9.
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