Mud in your eye – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

Mud in your eye is something people say when they toast somebody or something.

This idiom might have its origins in horse racing. Horses kick up mud when they are racing, and if a horse kicks mud into the eyes of the jockey behind they will not be able to see well and they will lose the race.

So this idiom might actually mean ‘I hope you get mud in your eye and I win the race’. 

Example of use:

1. Here’s mud in your eye!

A toast is usually said in honour of somebody or something.

toast (noun) – a toast is a drink in honour of somebody or something

toast (verb) to toast is to have a drink in honour of somebody or something.

Example of use:

1. Everybody, please toast the bride and groom.

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