cast (one's) eyes down

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cast (one's) eyes down

To look toward the ground, often because one feels embarrassed or ashamed. After I saw my ex-girlfriend walk into the store, I immediately cast my eyes down and then ducked behind the magazine rack for good measure. Because my son is so shy, he usually casts his eyes down whenever he meets someone.
See also: cast, down, eye

cast one's eyes down

Fig. to tilt one's head or gaze downward. (Usually a sign of shame or to appear not to have seen someone.) She cast her eyes down as they saw each other again. He cast down his eyes in shame.
See also: cast, down, eye
References in classic literature ?
Dorothea sank back in her chair when her uncle had left the room, and cast her eyes down meditatively on her crossed hands.
She cast her eyes down in irritation, and read again her mother's musical sentences about the silver gulls, and the roots of little pink flowers washed by pellucid streams, and the blue mists of hyacinths, until she was struck by her mother's silence.
At these words she cast her eyes down and in the moment of deep silence I watched the slight rising and falling of her breast.
I sat looking at her as she cast her eyes down on her work; I sat seeming still to listen to her; and Steerforth, in spite of all my attachment to him, darkened in that tone.