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frown upon

To show one's disapproval of something. I just know my mother frowns upon my decision to go to a state school. Please stop frowning upon my choice and support me!
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frown on (something)

To show one's disapproval of something. I just know my mother frowns on my decision to go to a state school. Please stop frowning on my choice and support me!
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frown at someone or something

to scowl at someone or something. Please don't frown at me. I didn't do anything. Frank frowned at the dog and gave it a kick.
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frown on someone or something

to disapprove of someone or something; to show displeasure or disapproval of someone or something. The Internal Revenue Service frowns on tax cheaters. Aunt Clara always seemed to frown on my cousin for some reason.
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frown on

Regard with disapproval or distaste, as in Pat frowns on bad language. this idiom transfers the disapproving facial expression to the thought it expresses. [Late 1500s]
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frown on

or frown upon
To disapprove of something: The administration frowns on late submissions of the required forms. My parents frown upon loud music.
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Western-style dressing is also frowned upon, and the Iranian police carry out regular morality checks.
Her parents were freethinkers (her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft) who taught her to be liberated from society's restraints, but even they frowned on her elopement.
The nationally televised incident, which was intended to discourage public displays of affection, set off a firestorm of criticism against police brutality and revealed a generational divide in a culture where dating is frowned upon.
The influential Christopher Commission report on LAPD reform frowned on police chiefs making endorsements, but Bratton said he was swayed by Padilla's support for the department.
Creativity--on those rare occasions when it can be practiced--is frowned upon.
He frowned a big frown and walked to the back of the bus.
In the mid-1960s, many psychologists frowned on affectionate relationships between parents and children, believing that excessive parental attention breeds needy and demanding offspring.
He frowned upon coverage of lesbian and gay culture, thereby all but ignoring the AIDS epidemic in its burgeoning years.
It will be frowned upon by both clubs' moaned Mr Sale.
Have most people over, say 25, given up smoking in the last couple of decades for health, or because society gradually frowned on the practice?
The Blair government, which poured scorn on Covent Garden in the past for its elitism and frowned on black-tie events, now wants to make the House a "people's opera" so that all have the opportunity to attend.
There have always, of course, been boards which frowned upon parental cosigners, but, of late, the practice is gaining momentum.
The mother who works may be frowned upon as materialistic, but the mother who stays home may be frowned upon as unfulfilled.
Although publications like AIZ made good use of the mordant montages of John Heartfield, generally they frowned upon such "arty" techniques, believing that they detracted from the power of the image to confront the reality of a social situation.
The EC is perceived as generally maintaining a high level of competition among air carriers, and protectionist measures are frowned upon.