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 ?
And the ship rose and rose, and in another minute was flying through the air, when the Simpleton, who was on the look out, cast his eyes down to the earth and saw a man beneath him on the road, who was kneeling with his ear upon the damp ground.
George Osborne looked at the two young women with a touched curiosity; and Joseph Sedley heaved something very like a sigh out of his big chest, as he cast his eyes down towards his favourite Hessian boots.
This time he shook his head and cast his eyes down, fidgeting on his mobile.
Lomas, at one time attached to Hill Valley, can cast his eyes down the leaderboard at a handful of fellow Midlanders, hanging on to the coat-tails of the pack at the front.