look daggers

look daggers

Glare, stare fiercely, as in When she started to discuss their finances, he looked daggers at her. This metaphoric term, likening an angry expression to a dagger's thrust, dates from ancient times and has appeared in English since about 1600.
See also: dagger, look
References in classic literature ?
You might look daggers at him for an hour and he would not notice it, and it would not trouble him if he did.
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Because she has the appearance of someone who is not disabled, people passing by when we get out of the car often look daggers at us.
At the moment only He knows, but soon the minister will, too, and from his pulpit he'll be able to look daggers at those who refuse to give.