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highbrow

1. adjective Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. The film is by no means highbrow, but it has an intelligent enough story and some compelling characters. After two degrees in literature, Stanley insists on reading only highbrow books.
2. noun A person who has or affects heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture, often in a pretentious or elitist manner. Of course, a book like this won't be given the time of day by literary highbrows, but it nevertheless provides an engaging and—dare I say it—entertaining read.

highbrowed

Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. The film is by no means highbrowed, but it has an intelligent enough story and some compelling characters. After two degrees in literature, Stanley insists on reading only highbrowed books.
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with the sweat of (one's) brow

Through or because of one's own efforts or hard work. With the sweat of his brow, my father turned a barren, fallow little plot of land into the flourishing farm you see today. This pair of entrepreneurs has created a billion-dollar company with the sweat of their brows.
See also: brow, of, sweat

the sweat of (one's) brow

One's own personal efforts or hard work. It's due to the sweat of my father's brow that a barren, fallow little plot of land was transformed into the flourishing farm you see today. This pair of entrepreneurs has created a billion-dollar company by the sweat of their brows.
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of one's brow

Fig. by one's efforts; by one's hard work. Tom raised these vegetables by the sweat of his brow. Sally polished the car by the sweat of her brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat

knit one's brow

to cause one's brow to wrinkle. Bob knitted his brow when he was confused. Jane knitted her brow because she was angry.
See also: brow, knit

knit your brows

  (literary)
to move your eyebrows (= the hair above your eyes) closer together when you are worried or thinking carefully Sasha knitted her brows as she listened to the storm forecast.
See also: brow, knit

by the sweat of your brow

  (literary)
if you earn the money that you use to live on by the sweat of your brow, you earn it yourself, by doing hard, often physical work A decent, hard-working man, he supported his family by the sweat of his brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of one's brow

By hard work, as in The only way he'll succeed is by the sweat of his brow. This figurative usage appears in the Bible (Genesis 31:9), where Adam's punishment for eating fruit in Eden is "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread"-that is, he will have to work for his bread, or living. [c. 1600]
See also: brow, of, sweat

cause raised eyebrows

Also, raise eyebrows. Cause surprise or disapproval, as in At school his purple hair usually causes raised eyebrows. This transfer of a physical act (raising one's eyebrows) to the feelings it may express took place in the early 1900s. Lytton Strachey used the term in The Eminent Victorians (1918): "The most steady-going churchman hardly raises an eyebrow at it now."
See also: cause, eyebrow, raised

highbrow

1. n. an intellectual person; a person with refined tastes. (see also longhair.) The highbrows usually congregate in there.
2. mod. having to do with an intellectual or a person with refined tastes. Pete is sort of highbrow, but he’s an okay guy.

no-brow

n. a stupid person. (Patterned on lowbrow.) Sam is a complete no-brow. No culture, no sense of style, and no money.

sweat of (one's) brow

Hard work: landscaped the yard by the sweat of my brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat
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Robert Hughes saw a yellow browed warbler at the RSPB Conwy in Llandudno Junction on Saturday for the first time since the reserve was created 20 years ago.
Mr Hughes praised Robert, in his 20s, for his awareness and said: "We have never seen a yellow browed warbler here.
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The dad of two, who spent his 26th wedding anniversary watching for rare birds at the beauty spot near his South Shields home, said: "I'd be delighted with it being a Yellow Browed Warbler but I got a call telling me what it actually was.
Twins they are--heavily browed, belonging to one another through what the world will make of their bodies.
I believe my behaviour has improved immeasurably, if I may make a personal comment about myself," said the permanently sweaty browed, former serial farter, ever-so politely.