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raise (some/a few) eyebrows

To elicit shock, surprise, or offense, typically through unconventional actions or words. The phrase typically suggests negative attention or judgment. Her irreverent chatter during the ceremony raised eyebrows. My best friend's pink hair definitely raised a few eyebrows at our very strict school.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise some eyebrows

 and raise a few eyebrows
Fig. to shock or surprise people mildly (by doing or saying something). (Some can be replaced with a few, someone's, a lot of, etc.) What you just said may raise some eyebrows, but it shouldn't make anyone really angry. John's sudden marriage to Ann raised a few eyebrows.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise eyebrows

COMMON If something that someone does raises eyebrows, it surprises, shocks, or offends people. The size of his salary has certainly raised eyebrows. His outspoken comments raised a few eyebrows at the meeting. Note: You can also say that something causes raised eyebrows. Her articles have caused some raised eyebrows over the years.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise eyebrows

To cause surprise or mild disapproval.
See also: eyebrow, raise
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In her gold and purple costume, with bells on her ankles, she rippled hands, evoked birds in flight and lotus blossoms, and used the raised eyebrows and exaggerated eye movements of bharata natyam to convey a variety of emotions.
If your supervisor walks by with raised eyebrows, make it known you're conducting a simulation of the utmost importance to understanding the Earth's deep interior.
Earlier in the day, Gaddafi raised eyebrows when he hopped out of his white limo for a 15-minute stroll on the motorway from Rome.
NEW Tour rookie Shane Lowry has avoided plenty of raised eyebrows by turning down the offer of a private jet to travel to his pro debut in the European Open in Kent.
This caused a few laughs and raised eyebrows, because in today's modern language apparently it has a different meaning.
RAISED eyebrows seem almost de rigeur in Leinster House recently.
FOOT IN MOUTH: The Duke of Edinburgh raised eyebrows when he encountered a blind woman with a guide dog.