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gimlet eye

a sharp or piercing glance.
an eye that appears to give a sharp or piercing look.
Origin of gimlet eye
First recorded in 1815-25
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gimlet-eyed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Rebecca knew that they were doing no harm, but that did not prevent her hoping to escape the gimlet eye of Mr. Came.

    New Chronicles of Rebecca Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Ay, cried Wewitzer, I now understand what they call a gimlet eye.

  • O'Moy trembled, and his glance avoided the other's gimlet eye.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Mrs. Pettigrew cocked her head on one293 side and turned a gimlet eye upon him.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Bill fastened a gimlet eye upon his brother-in-law and drew a deep breath.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • I was fetehin' some oats to gimlet eye, an' didn't take any particular notice.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • Hence I pulled away from land, with the heavy boat towing the light one, and even Sandy Macraw unable to lay his gimlet eye on me.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore

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