But I know that Providence looketh not asquint, but looketh straight out, and through all men's darkness.
He,' indicating the sun, 'can only get at me asquint by that time, and I'm a match for him with my blue umbrella.
early 13c., "obliquely, with a sidelong glance," of uncertain etymology; from a- (1) + "a word corresponding to Du. schuinte 'slope, slant' of the independent use of which no instances survive ..." [OED]. "Middle English Dictionary" compares French équinter "cut to a point;" French dialectal (e)squintar "cast a glance, look furtively."