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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 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 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 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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At that time, DeJager said, getting a job for a member was "frowned upon." But, for him, the job became his life's career, as he rose from controller to vice president and treasurer within the same company.
He frowned a big frown and walked to the back of the bus.
Those who didn't were frowned upon.' It became a fashion: one perfume-maker even created a new fragrance called `White Daisy'.
In the mid-1960s, many psychologists frowned on affectionate relationships between parents and children, believing that excessive parental attention breeds needy and demanding offspring.
'It will be frowned upon by both clubs' moaned Mr Sale.
Have most people over, say 25, given up smoking in the last couple of decades for health, or because society gradually frowned on the practice?
The Blair government, which poured scorn on Covent Garden in the past for its elitism and frowned on black-tie events, now wants to make the House a "people's opera" so that all have the opportunity to attend.
The mother who works may be frowned upon as materialistic, but the mother who stays home may be frowned upon as unfulfilled.
Although publications like AIZ made good use of the mordant montages of John Heartfield, generally they frowned upon such "arty" techniques, believing that they detracted from the power of the image to confront the reality of a social situation.
"It does not mean that speaking French will be frowned upon or banned."
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.
Most of the models featured in the catalogue were clean-shaven though one man had a goatee beard, which was previously frowned upon by Iran's conservative clerics.
He frowned upon coverage of lesbian and gay culture, thereby all but ignoring the AIDS epidemic in its burgeoning years.
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.