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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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  • There was no narrow exclusiveness about this place, no one could look askance at her here.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Dialstone Lane was at first disposed to look askance at Mr. Tasker.

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

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

  • The villagers of Bere look askance upon the dwellers on this eyrie.

    The Hardy Country Charles G. Harper
  • Why, then, should he look askance at my book, which is no more than memories of my spring days?

  • I am not quarrelsome; but when a man seems to look askance at me, that irritates me.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • Mrs. Brackett must have seen Kennedy and me exchange a look askance at the name.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • No one could look askance at poor Ralph Dacre's young widow.

    The Lamp in the Desert

    Ethel M. Dell

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