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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 look at someone or something with displeasure. Ted frowned at me as though I was the one who'd made that callous remark. Sadie frowned at the math problem that was giving her trouble.
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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
v.
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.
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.
While she wore a skin-tight catsuit, the 59-year-old frowned on the skimpy outfits on display.