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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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Participants were welcomed in the laboratory and told that the purpose of the experiment was to assess the influence of smiling and frowning on performance in sports.
In other words, by blocking frowning, Botox prevents expressions of negative emotion, resulting in a happier mood.
Some physicians are using Botox to treat facial wrinkles that aren't caused by frowning.
The league says it's because the site uses the modified team logo (a frowning bengal tiger) and puts it on related merchandise for sale.
Participants first viewed a series of frowning faces presented subliminally so the researchers could determine baseline neural activity.
They called him Dizzy for clowning and frowning on stage and gusting up a musical hurricane with bebop lightning bolts thrown into the mix.
Basically, sad thoughts increase frowning; and frowning increases sad thoughts (the inverse is true for smiling).
The snaps show Hitler frowning angrily, pointing, raising a fist, opening his palms as if imploring a crowd to stand up.
It is thought that the effect of the botulinum toxin A in preventing people from frowning actually makes them happier.
Home Office officials agreed that a ban on photographs of children aged five and under smiling, frowning or with their mouths open was unreasonable.
A uniform background isolates his figures, and one can merely guess at their mood, looking at the always frowning expressions or reading the words that sometimes accompany the images.
Today we have facial contouring, ultra sound techniques and even a special toxin to stop you frowning.
Botox is a safe and simple preventative measure that softens and often will erase facial wrinkles, as well as prevent premature aging from repetitive facial expressions like frowning or squinting.
New York, December 29 ( ANI ): Botox - the facial freezer - may be effective in treating depression because it physically prevents a person from frowning, which can trigger negative emotions and depressions, researchers say.