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give someone the fish-eye

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give someone the fish-eye

verb phrase

To look or stare at someone in a cold, contemptuous, or menacing way: A well-fed man in tails opened the door, gave them the fish eye/ who gave me such hairy eyeballs that I want to slink back ( fish-eye form 1940s+, others 1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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