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glance down

1. To look downward at someone or something positioned physically below one. I clung to the rope after I made the mistake of glancing down at the pit below. I glanced down at my test sheet and realized that I'd forgotten to write my name on it.
2. To look downward out of shyness, embarrassment, or shame. The little girl glanced down and grabbed her mom's hand when I tried to talk to her. I glanced down when Mom told me how disappointed she was in my grades.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

glance down (at something)

to look quickly downward at something. Sherri glanced down at her watch and then pressed on the accelerator. She glanced down and hurried off.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
At this the man glanced down at his civilian attire, lifted his eyes, and said with hesitation:
Instead of finishing them he glanced down his beard.
Councillor Mikulin glanced down his beard, and Razumov, whose tension was relaxed by that unexpected and discursive turn, murmured with gloomy discontent-
Again Councillor Mikulin glanced down his beard with a faint grimace; but he did not pause for long.
Councillor Mikulin dropped the page of foolscap, glanced down his beard, and turning to Razumov, added in an easy, explanatory tone--
Without moving, he glanced down and saw the ground beneath covered with armed savages.
The young man glanced down at her with a question in his eyes "Oh, it is only a remote, possibility, you know," said he.
Presently I discovered that she knew I was watching her, for she stirred not, she lifted not her crafty eyelid; she had glanced down from her netting to her small foot, peeping from the soft folds of her purple merino gown; thence her eye reverted to her hand, ivory white, with a bright garnet ring on the forefinger, and a light frill of lace round the wrist; with a scarcely perceptible movement she turned her head, causing her nut-brown curls to wave gracefully.
Monsieur Gabelle, chief functionary of the place, became uneasy; went out on his house-top alone, and looked in that direction too; glanced down from behind his chimneys at the darkening faces by the fountain below, and sent word to the sacristan who kept the keys of the church, that there might be need to ring the tocsin by-and-bye.
The servant glanced down the passage and swiftly disappeared.
He alone of all the Russians has disgraced the Russian name, he has caused Moscow to perish," said Rostopchin in a sharp, even voice, but suddenly he glanced down at Vereshchagin who continued to stand in the same submissive attitude.
Between gulps of the molten stuff I glanced down at my raw and bleeding chest and turned to the Scandinavian.
She glanced down deliberately and said, "This is better.
I glanced down and nearly roared with rage; the handbrakes were on!
The other day I glanced down and realised with a jolt of horror that my ankles had totally disappeared.