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look askance

View with mistrust, as in They looked askance at him when he said he'd just made a million in the stock market . The precise feeling conveyed by this expression has varied since it was first used in the 1500s, from envy to contempt to suspicion, although the literal meaning was “look obliquely, with a side glance.” The present sense dates from about 1800. Also see look sideways
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  • Something drastic had to be done, so that Europe would not look askance at the Italian Government.

  • I think the blouses must look askance at these satraps of the desert.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • Thanking her, Parzival spoke to the company: I cannot endure Cundries reproach;—what knight here does not look askance?

  • The other Nambūtiris look askance at these, and neither marry nor dine with them.

  • And this suggestion made Mrs. Jack look askance at her pastor, as being also in the running for the money.

    An Isle in the Water Katharine Tynan
  • The villagers of Bere look askance upon the dwellers on this eyrie.

    The Hardy Country Charles G. Harper
  • Some poetry will appeal to boys, even though they may look askance at most of it.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Mrs. Brackett must have seen Kennedy and me exchange a look askance at the name.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • Some of the girls had already begun to look askance at Hester when they passed her.

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