raise an eyebrow


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to raise an eyebrow: raise some eyebrows

raise an eyebrow

To show confusion, surprise, concern, or disapproval, either literally (often by actually raising an eyebrow) or figuratively. When I told my mom how much money we would need, she raised an eyebrow and asked me to add it up again. You need to stop coming in late every day—the boss is starting to raise an eyebrow. My grandmother definitely raised an eyebrow when I stopped going to church.
See also: eyebrow, raise
References in periodicals archive ?
THE queen had reason to raise an eyebrow yesterday when she was told of a play about a man who has a passionate affair with his pet goat.
IT'S a great idea and I'm all for Continental markets - and for the Christmas spirit for that matter - but the stalls occupying Williamson Square made me raise an eyebrow or two as I walked through the city the other day.
Dear Editor, -Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's condemnation of the 'poison' of international terrorism will cause many to raise an eyebrow.
Jack Walker was estimated to have spent pounds 100 million on his beloved Blackburn, but what was seen as big-spending in the early 90's wouldn't raise an eyebrow now.
If you are here 25 or 30 years and at the tail end of your career you ask for a disability retirement, it should raise an eyebrow,'' he said.
He said: "Every day there is a small triumph - I can lift a finger or raise an eyebrow.
The place is presided over by a sharp-eyed landlady and her shoemaker husband who raise an eyebrow or two about this family of newcomers but are kind to Sanya.