cause (some) eyebrows to raise

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cause (some) eyebrows to raise

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 caused some eyebrows to raise. My best friend's pink hair definitely caused eyebrows to raise at our very strict school.
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cause (some) eyebrows to raise and cause some raised eyebrows

Fig. to shock people; to surprise and dismay people. (The same as raise some eyebrows.) John caused eyebrows to raise when he married a woman half his age. If you want to cause some eyebrows to raise, just start singing as you walk down the street.
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Lennon caused eyebrows to raise when he publicly lambasted his players following the shock defeat by St Johnstone - the Perth club's first league win at Celtic Park for 13 years.
This is despite the fact Ms Wark is a rich and powerful woman whose hob-nobbing with the First Minister caused eyebrows to raise.