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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.
See also: down, glance
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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.
See also: down, glance
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Rosa, very much abashed, says, "No, if you please, my Lady!" and glances up, and glances down, and don't know where to look, but looks all the prettier.
Every day at dinner, my Lady glances down the table for the vacant place that would be waiting to receive him if he had just arrived, but there is no vacant place.
In another shot, she leans on a large "A", which stands for Armani, and in another, she glances down, away from the camera, revealing her smoky eye.
The protagonist stands on a bookstore ladder "reading the letters on the spines of the books." He glances down at the salesclerks and customers.
And I just need to make it clear (glances down at hairy hands) that this perception of me as some kind of Neanderthal man is completely wrong.
BIG DEAL Coleen looks bustier than she used to, inset left NO SOAKING MATTER Wayne looks miserable in the sun BIG THINGS ON HER MIND Gloomy Coleen glances down during a thoughtful moment
At dinner, I discussed the constitutional effects of Charles I's execution with a sexy young history teacher, while stealing sneaky glances down her cleavage.
Pausing in the dim, flickering light, she glances down at the photo in her hand.
Over each cinema will be an open-air theatre which will enjoy even better versions of the same views, with side glances down to the Circular Quay and the Harbour.
With fond glances down at their three-year-old pet, the couple proudly told how her behaviour had changed from boisterous to docile after six weeks of training.
But as he glances down the Premiership table this morning he may feel the need to take a second look as he discovers his side on an equal footing with the ailing champions.
Even when he gets to the pub he glances down at the little screen at least once a second with panic in his eyes.
Casting long glances down noses stuffed with arrogance
He reads, doesn't read; and will soon fold the morning paper, hoist up on haunches, reach for the cool handle of the heavy cup, noticing small, hoarse bell strokes when it slips and jars on the flagstone; so that one round pawprint of velvet grown fast attached makes a brief green signal as he glances down, crouched over the gray slate shot through with silver wires.