raise (one's) eyebrows

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raise (one's) eyebrows

1. To lift one's eyebrows in a display of shock, surprise, or offense. She raised her eyebrows at the idea, but after I went through the details of the plan, she was agreed to support it.
2. 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 many people's eyebrows. Sarah's pink hair definitely raised a few eyebrows, but if she likes it, then that's all that matters.
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 your eyebrows (or an eyebrow)

show surprise, disbelief, or mild disapproval.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise your ˈeyebrows (at something)

show, by the expression on your face, that you disapprove of or are surprised by something: Eyebrows were raised when he arrived at the wedding in jeans.When he said he was leaving, there were a lot of raised eyebrows.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise eyebrows

To cause surprise or mild disapproval.
See also: eyebrow, raise
References in classic literature ?
Passepartout opened wide his eyes, raised his eyebrows, held up his hands, and seemed about to collapse, so overcome was he with stupefied astonishment.
The blighter came round this morning -- the master, you know; when he saw my drawing he just raised his eyebrows and walked on.
My good fellow,' interposed the parent hastily, as he set down his glass, and raised his eyebrows with a startled and horrified expression, 'for Heaven's sake don't call me by that obsolete and ancient name.
The video went viral, but no one knows for sure why Prince Harry raised his eyebrows at Meghan Markle at that time.
THE mother of a schoolboy who is in a coma after he was attacked while on holiday in Majorca said he raised his eyebrows when she told him he passed all his GCSEs.
He raised his eyebrows when I told him and he should do because they were really good," she said.
THE mother of a schoolboy who is in a coma after he was attacked while on holiday in Majorca said yesterday he raised his eyebrows when she told him he passed all his GCSEs.
A message tone carrying the bonging sound made famous by the "Catchphrase" quiz show went off on no fewer than three occasions last week before McCarthy finally raised his eyebrows to seek out the offending article.
Cowell rolled his eyes and raised his eyebrows as contestant Chris Richardson followed his performance on Tuesday's show with a comment about the 32 people killed.
When asked if he had actually spoken to the interviewee, the hack just raised his eyebrows mysteriously.
When the accordionist raised his eyebrows in a beckoning gesture, all I was able to do was respond with a shrug and a swing of my head to a bar of the tune.
In a Wail Street Journal article, fellow conservative Robert Bork raised his eyebrows at what he called Bennett's "newfound optimism about the direction of American culture" and contended that there is "no excuse for overlooking the very real and degenerate state of much of our politics and culture.
After hearing the verdict, McGee, 54, turned to his wife, raised his eyebrows and smiled slightly.
But the Panther raised his eyebrows as if someone had committed a faux pas and repeated, slowly, "All power to the People.