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furtive glance

A quick, stealthy look at someone or something. The robbers exchanged a furtive glance when they realized their actions had been caught on the security cameras.
See also: glance
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

furtive glance

a secret or quick glance, quickly averted. He made a furtive glance in the direction of the closet when the robbers asked where the jewelery was hidden.
See also: glance
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Opera song Una Furtiva Lagrima (A Furtive Tear) comes from 1832 Italian Opera L'elisir d'amore (Elixir of Love) by Ga etano Donizetti.
An onlooker at the bar said: "If it was just a soft drink why did he look so furtive?" laura.armstrong@people.co.uk
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When we became co-workers, our relationship was blissful at first; we would exchange furtive glances when passing each other in the hallway, and we would often make plans for a secret rendezvous after work.
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Regretfully, I have responded to this impulse, if at all, in a furtive manner.
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