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frown upon

To show one's disapproval of something. I just know my mother frowns upon my decision to go to a state school. Please stop frowning upon my choice and support me!
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frown on (something)

To disapprove or show one's disapproval of something. I just know my mother frowns on my decision to go to a state school. If people frown on such relationships, they're just living in the past.
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frown at someone or something

to scowl at someone or something. Please don't frown at me. I didn't do anything. Frank frowned at the dog and gave it a kick.
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frown on someone or something

to disapprove of someone or something; to show displeasure or disapproval of someone or something. The Internal Revenue Service frowns on tax cheaters. Aunt Clara always seemed to frown on my cousin for some reason.
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frown on

Regard with disapproval or distaste, as in Pat frowns on bad language. this idiom transfers the disapproving facial expression to the thought it expresses. [Late 1500s]
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frown on

or frown upon
To disapprove of something: The administration frowns on late submissions of the required forms. My parents frown upon loud music.
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He reveals: "I'm slightly wary of saying this, because it can be frowned upon, certainly by members of my community and people outside my community.
There was a time when credit unions felt they didn't need point-of-purchase lending In fact, we actually frowned upon it.
I got a shock when she was sitting next to me on the panel and she frowned and her forehead actually wrinkled.
They gathered to reminisce about a town where school and church and community were intertwined, where dancing was frowned upon as a risque activity that could only lead to trouble.
The 42-year-old mother of two then stormed off stage wearing the kind of expression which could lead to the whole tour being renamed Frowned World.
Assessment of the regulations governing the market, particularly the system of patents and government reimbursement illuminate a previously frowned upon market, and highlight the potential already seen by the leading pharmaceutical companies.
While she wore a skin-tight catsuit, the 59-year-old frowned on the skimpy outfits on display.
Overreaching use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act has been frowned upon in virtually every circuit court in the United States.
Magic moment: When Duke guard Jason Williams was told that Magic Johnson had given the Bruins a pep talk earlier this week, he frowned.
The pair was especially frowned upon by Communist China because of their pro-independence leanings.
Investors frowned on the deal, pushing Avis' stock sharply lower.
However, medically, douching is frowned upon as studies have reported an association between douching and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, tubal infertility or reduced fertility.
She hadn't frowned since October, but Mary Jo Frazier Cambou was frowning now.
The airport maintained that concessions requested by the city such as mandatory curfews on flights are frowned upon by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The most contentious issue in the negotiations concerned the shelter's acceptance of children under 6 - a practice that the state frowned on, but which the shelter and county considered necessary in some circumstances.