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squint like a bag of nails

To squint one's eyes severely. She definitely needs glasses—she's been squinting like a bag of nails all day.
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squint at someone or something

to look at someone or something with the eyes partly closed. (When squinting, the eyes are partly closed by pressing the upper and lower eyelids toward one another.) Why are you squinting at me? I had to squint at the small print in order to read it.
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squint out of something

1. to cast one's gaze from something, such as a place of concealment, with one's eyes partly closed. The prisoner squinted out of the little hatch in the door to his cell. You could see that many people were squinting out of the windows, trying to get a good view of the movie star who was visiting.
2. to cast one's gaze through something, such as glasses, one eye, etc., with one's eyes partly closed. she squinted out of one eye in the bright sun. Tony squinted out of his glasses and his mother decided that he needed to have his eyes checked again.
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Her squint was quite profound when she was tiny and it takes time to correct it.
In cases of less pronounced strabismus, the advantages of electronic measurement can provide the additional accuracy needed to identify even the smallest of squints.
Q dear Doctor, I think that my son who is three may have a squint but am not sure as it does not seem to be there all the time.
Surgery is also used in some cases to reduce the angle of the squint.
This means that both eyes do not focus at the same place and when she gets tired her left eye tends to turn in and she develops a squint.
If you have a family history of a squint or lazy eye, or if either parent has a complicated prescription in their spectacles, you should ideally have your child tested before the age of one.
Each section features a number of short videos, which are presented by practitioners and explain how squints arise, what different types of squint there are and what patients, or parents of a patients, should expect when they go to a clinic.
Orthoptists are highly trained healthcare professionals specialising in assessing and treating children's eye problems such as squints, lazy eyes and eye movement disorders.
A SQUINTS in new-borns are common as they often have difficulty focusing.
Sanchez squints and grins queasily through it all; everyone else plays rote stereotypes.
Many babies squint, but seek advice if yours squints past the age of six weeks.
Off the court, the soft-spoken Jeff Parris squints frequently, has a laid-back presence and the traits of an introvert.