give (one) a dirty look

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give (one) a dirty look

To look at one in an angry, contemptuous, or disapproving manner. Also seen as "give (one) dirty looks." I started telling him about Janet's run-in with the law, but when she gave me a dirty look, I shut my trap. I must have done something really offensive last night because Mike keeps giving me dirty looks.
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dirty look, give a

Scowl at someone, look disapproving. For example, When I started to tell the story, Carol gave me a really dirty look. This expression has largely replaced the earlier and more formal black look. [Colloquial; 1920s]
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give somebody/get a dirty ˈlook

(informal) look at somebody/be looked at in an angry or a disapproving way: She gave me a dirty look when I suggested that she should go and wash the dishes.
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Other nationalities give us dirty looks because we are Asian.
To drivers out there, don't give us dirty looks because we're forced to walk in the street.
Also I've noticed that the neighbours on each side of us give us dirty looks now and I've seen them talking to our neighbours upstairs - I'm sure the topic was us.
Also I've noticed the neighbours on each side of us give us dirty looks now and I've seen them talking to our neighbours upstairs - I'm sure the topic was us.
He said, "When I used to play football I used to see them walk past us and give us dirty looks.