gimlet eye

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noun

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
Related formsgim·let-eyed, adjective
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  • He had a gimlet-eye and a hawklike face, and was professionally brusk and brutally frank.

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