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beady-eyed

[bee-dee-ahyd] /ˈbi diˌaɪd/
adjective
1.
marked by or having small, glittering eyes, especially eyes that seem to gleam with malice, avarice, or lechery.
2.
staring with suspicion, skepticism, etc.:
The gambler gave the newcomer a beady-eyed look.
Origin of beady-eyed
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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  • That was what Toddles called his beady-eyed conductor in retaliation.

  • They all leaned forward and regarded him with a beady-eyed sympathy.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • Chet Ball was staring at the beady-eyed yellow chicken in his hand.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • There were about a dozen mop-headed, beady-eyed men, and some two dozen women—two apiece—and children.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • When Eylan was finished with him, Barrent went to a small, beady-eyed man who lectured on Earth's memory-destroying system.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • There was something in the dark little man's beady-eyed gaze that disturbed him.

    Death Makes A Mistake P.F. Costello
  • The eldest and smartest of the breeds was a beady-eyed youth answering to the name of Pake.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • Turning, Henrietta saw that a black, beady-eyed gentleman was staring at her sternly.

    The Tale of Henrietta Hen Arthur Scott Bailey
  • From out of a deep windfall a beady-eyed, thin-bellied fisher-cat came forth, and stopped with his feet in the crimson ribbon.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • Oh, beady-eyed gods and shiny little fishes—two smacks in the same spot!

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer

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