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look askance upon (someone or something)

To view or regard something in a disapproving or distrustful manner. Such is the state of politics these days that even the most patriotic citizens tend to look askance upon the manner in which congress conducts business. I know that the Ivy League students may look askance upon a country bumpkin such as myself, but I will show them that I have the mettle to be their equal.
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look askance at (someone or something)

To view or regard something in a disapproving or distrustful manner. I can't understand why everyone in this club is looking askance at me. Am I not wearing the right thing? Some people look askance at these institutions, but I believe they are beneficial to the public.
See also: askance, look

look askance at someone or something

Fig. to be surprised or shocked at someone or something. The teacher looked askance at the student who had acted so rudely. Everyone had looked askance at her efforts as an artist.
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look askance

View with mistrust, as in They looked askance at him when he said he'd just made a million in the stock market. The precise feeling conveyed by this expression has varied since it was first used in the 1500s, from envy to contempt to suspicion, although the literal meaning was "look obliquely, with a side glance." The present sense dates from about 1800. Also see look sideways.
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Naturally, things don't always go to plan - the original budgets and deadlines become specks in the distance, the owners struggle to cope with the stress, much-needed materials don't turn up, and McCloud occasionally looks askance at their plans.
Or, at the very least, we isolate ourselves and quake in our boots whenever another world power looks askance at us.
Viewed askance by some of his peers, he has been publicly criticized by his former primate, Peter Akinola, as being too close to the West.
As someone wrote recently, women who would look askance at being asked to take part in the often brutal sexual practices described, can't seem to get enough of the film and book.
50pm Carry on courting: Alan Bennett looks askance at the faffing and flummery of life in Windsor Castle as various quacks try to reacquaint George III with reason in the 1780s.
Small wonder, then, that between the 16th and 19th centuries, master globe-makers guarded their trade secrets closely, looked askance at their rivals and tended to establish family dynasties.
Blume, who briefly figures in Joanna Rakoff's My Salinger Year looking askance at the placement of her books on the shelves in the offices of a former agent, says she'll spend the summer revising her manuscript.
Maula Bakhsh Chandio was critical of the fact that mismanagement far surpassed any crisis, while there was no one to redress the situation, while Zahid Khan was askance about 12-18 hours of Country-wide load shedding over claims of mere 3000Mws of electricity.
As I was the only one who asked the server if I could have a smaller bowl, she looked askance at me, as if I had insulted her.
Federal regulators may look askance at any move by Sprint, the third-largest U.
Some people look askance at the mention of such a plant, but it has been rife in our gardens for hundreds of years, making them more beautiful places in the process.
Managed security services has been looked at askance by many regional enterprises, fearful of sending their data out to a third party.
While the DOJ will rarely demand the involvement of the board, it may look askance at an investigation that is conducted by senior management when members of that group are implicated.
security issues, and Europe should not look askance at Azerbaijan, he recommended.
50pm, An amusing look askance at Windsor Castle, as quacks try to reacquaint George III (Nigel Hawthorne, right) with reason.