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give (one) the evil eye

To give one a hateful, malicious, or villainous look or stare that suggests or is thought to be capable of inflicting harm or misfortune. I saw him giving me the evil eye, so I turned around and walked the other way.
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give someone the evil eye

see under evil eye.
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give someone the evil eye

If you give someone the evil eye, you look at them in an angry or threatening way. If I'm rude to her, she'll give me the evil eye.
See also: evil, eye, give, someone

give somebody the evil ˈeye

look at somebody in a very angry, unfriendly or unpleasant way, as if you are trying to harm them by magic power: I don’t know why you’re giving me the evil eye — I haven’t done anything wrong!
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When the Glaswegian spied a steward giving the evil eye to a woman daring to dance in the aisle she broke off mid-song to chastise the killjoy.
The morning walk to the on-site store was a hooded, downward looking trudge, the BBC weatherman's gloomy prediction filling heads with suicidal thoughts of zoos, amusement arcades and dripping in the doorway of a carvery, giving the evil eye to other cagoule-clad families in the hope they'll surrender their table and leave what's left of the turkey carcass.
In many cultures, she notes, these ideas manifest themselves in practices like giving the evil eye or putting curses on people.
The move came after the Record revealed Shaun Gallagher, 26, got six months for giving the evil eye to a jury who had convicted his two brothers.
At night you drip in the doorway of a carvery, clutching wooden spoons with numbers on, giving the evil eye to other pac-a-mac families in the hope they'll surrender their table and leave what's left of the turkey carcass.