When I ask someone to take a glance at something, I use:

jeter un coup d'œil

In the following phrase, do I still say "un coup d'œil" or do I use "des coups d'œil(s)"?

C'est peut-être une bonne idée de demander à Rod, Jane et Freddy de jeter un coup d'œil.

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Since you assume that everyone will only take once glance, there is no reason to use the plural form, so the following is correct:

Ils vont y jeter un coup d'œil.

That said, the plural form of "coup d'œil" is "coups d'œil" (just because you give more glances doesn't mean you use more eyes), but I don't see any valid context to use it as illustrated in Gilles' example in the comments.

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    « Malgré mes coups d'œil répétés, je n'ai rien vu. » Nov 30, 2011 at 21:24
  • The expression is « jeter un coup d'œil. » There is no plural form. Dec 1, 2011 at 15:46

Like Joubarc said, there is no need for a plural. Even in this context:

Il faudrait régulièrement jeter un coup d'œil ...


Il va jeter un coup d'œil régulier à ...

Remark: the plural form of œil is yeux.


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