E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
White in the Eye.
It is said that the devil has no white in his eyes, and hence the French locution, Celui qui na point de blanc en lil. Do you see any white in my eye? is asked by one who means to insinuate he is no fool or no knavethat is, he is not like the devil with no white in the eye.