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What is the origins of the phrase "Eye of the Tiger?"?

The original origins, I mean. Not movies or songs.


  1. After some searching I have concluded that the phrase “Eye of the TIger” heard on the 80’s hit, “Eye of the Tiger” and performed by the band Survivor, is an original phrase that can be credited to them.
    It does not seem to appear in any literature prior to the release of the song.

  2. Tiger eye – offers courage, energy, and luck.
    Stone’s names: Tiger eye, also spelled tiger’s-eye and tigereye.
    Tiger eye is also called crocidolite cat’s-eye or African cat’s-eye. Color: Tiger eye has a rich yellow and golden brown stripes, with a fine golden lustre when polished.
    Description: Tiger eye is quartz that contains oriented fibres of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica.
    Tiger eye is displaying chatoyancy (a vertical luminescent band like that of a cat’s eye) . Tiger eye typically has lustrous alternating yellow or brown bands.
    The name’s origin: Tiger eye with its bands resembles an eye of tiger, so it is received its name due to this similarity.
    Wedding anniversary: Tiger Eye is the anniversary gemstone for the 9th year of marriage.
    Varieties: Hawk’s-eye is similar to tiger eye, except that the crocidolite was replaced by quartz before altering to iron oxide. It therefore retains the gray-blue or green of the asbestos.
    Care and treatment: As with all gems, protect tiger eye from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes.
    From the stone history: Roman soldiers wore tiger’s-eye for protection in battle. Tiger Eye was thought to be all seeing due to its appearance.

  3. This is quite old now, but I hope to shed some light to whoever end up here searching for an answer.
    In the wild, seeing the “eyes” of the tiger signifies death, because right before a tiger attacks, it turns its ears forward so that the spot on the back of each ear faces nearer its prey. The “eye spots” on the back of tigers’ ears serve to confuse predators and reduce the risk of attack from behind. Hence, once someone sees these “eyes”, the tiger is about to attack.
    It means being ready for anything. Even for possible backstabs.

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