look askance

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.
See also: askance, look
References in classic literature ?
Where," asked he, with a look askance at them -- for it was the clergyman's peculiarity that he seldom, now-a-days, looked straight forth at any object, whether human or inanimate" where, my kind doctor, did you gather those herbs, with such a dark, flabby leaf?
While such whims and chimeras were flitting across my fancy I began to look askance at Mrs.
Big brother" UEFA, though it has not commented on the matter yet, is also watching and may look askance at Turkish football, whose image has already been tarnished by match-fixing allegations.
As someone wrote recently, women who would look askance at being asked to take part in the often brutal sexual practices described, can't seem to get enough of the film and book.
In the long run, it could even hurt your employability inChina, becauseUS governmentis going to look askance at Chinese firms that hire former cyber spies," said Baker, a partner withSteptoe& Johnson LLP.
But we shouldn't look askance at museums and galleries that experiment with offbeat or untraditional initiatives to boost engagement --provided such things don't become their sole modus operandi.
Federal regulators may look askance at any move by Sprint, the third-largest U.
Then too there is the pre-landing lurch for the loos - floors flooded with "water" and paper - which nevertheless keep customers closeted for ages while those in the queue look askance of each other and get in the way of crew gathering blankets and headsets.
Some people look askance at the mention of such a plant, but it has been rife in our gardens for hundreds of years, making them more beautiful places in the process.
Senior Gerb officials say they expect Bulgaria's president to give them the first chance to form a new government, and the party would almost certainly have to join forces with Ataka to retain power, a prospect that irks many EU states that fear economic hardship is fuelling extremism, and look askance at the rise of far-right parties like Ataka and Jobbik in Hungary.
50pm, An amusing look askance at Windsor Castle, as quacks try to reacquaint George III (Nigel Hawthorne, right) with reason.
Some may find it comforting to believe that this was an unpreventable act of random violence but that is simply not the case," Bern explained, "there were warnings from people around the shooter that something was seriously amiss and as a society, we have to look askance at how these warnings went unanswered.
They look askance at any realistic move made by the Pakistan Army to end the country's international isolation by negotiating a common strategy against terrorism with the U.
Absent that, the Legislature should look askance at any attempt to a return to hiding PERS retiree information from the people who foot the bill.
If a perfect stranger were to look askance at these children spiralling out of control, the mum or dad who intercepts this look usually stares back in defiance, almost challenging you to react to their offspring's EoACAyengaging' behaviour.