I cannot fully express my irritation at seeing these phrases in a piece of writing! A book I have been reading recently (not very good so my own fault I suppose for persevering with it), is littered with eye balls leading full and independent lives rolling around and following people. So annoying.
STOP IT NOW - I call for a ban on the phrase... and breath.
Mainly the eyes have been rolling, falling and following but they are probably meeting too, the sods. It is just once you notice an overused expression or word then it becomes really distracting. A book I read last year the author used 'stark' all the bloody time "stark trees", "stark face", "stark eyes" !! Get a bloody thesaurus or stop describing everything!