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frown at (someone or something)

1. 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.
2. To express or exhibit disapproval of someone or something. I just know my mother frowns at my decision, but it's what I want. If people frown at such relationships, they're just living in the past.
See also: frown

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.
See also: frown, on

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!
See also: frown, upon
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: frown

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.
See also: frown, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: frown, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: frown, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Frowners who are not attending any wake or visiting the sick are okay.
Even that "God is dead" business, which was none too scandalous in 1882, is now teachable only with a nervous eye on the frowners in class.
Just this morning, I was sitting having breakfast with my daughter and we were watching music TV (Note to frowners: I'm not keen on having the telly on first thing but anything is an improvement on CBeebies).
Whether you are the perpetual smiley face among frowners, or a bit of a Depressing Dan yourself, there are tricks that can be employed to keep table talk from getting lethal, advises Paula Renaye, a professional life coach and author of The Hardline Self Help Handbook: What Are You Willing to Do to Get What You Really Want?.
All of them--the liberal (progressive, if you like), the conservative (in the rock-ribbed fiscal sense), the keep-out-of-the-bedroom sorts along with the hands-off-my-gun types--plus the swarm of frowners who, on one score or another, couldn't be happy-talked out of the evidence of their senses.