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give (one) the hairy eyeball

To look at one in a way that shows wariness or displeasure. I gave Gina the hairy eyeball when I overheard her gossiping about my best friend.
See also: eyeball, give, hairy

give someone the hairy eyeball

stare at someone in a disapproving or angry way, especially with your eyelids partially lowered. North American informal
1992 Guy Vanderhaeghe Things As They Are The commissioner giving him the hairy eyeball all through the service didn't do anything for Reg's increasing bad humour either.
See also: eyeball, give, hairy, someone

give somebody the hairy ˈeyeball

(American English, informal) look at somebody in a suspicious or disapproving way: When I say I’m into hunting, people either laugh or give me the hairy eyeball.
This refers to looking at somebody with your eyes slightly closed so that your eye is partly covered by your eyelashes.
See also: eyeball, give, hairy, somebody


mod. hazardous; difficult. That was a hairy experience!


1. mod. wild; exciting. We had a real hairy-ass time on the roller coaster.
2. mod. strong and virile. (Usually objectionable.) This big hairy-ass guy started to push us around.


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The hairier of the species has its work cut out for itself.
As the number of pets moving from the dog house into our houses grows, so does the need for products that help shed the hairier side of pet ownership.
Was the sun hotter, the northern sky bluer, waggon wheels bigger, the North Sea platforms higher, chests hairier and pants hotter back in that glorious year?
You'll get taller, your voice will break and you'll become a lot hairier.
Now me for one couldn't think of anything worse than putting pictures of my legs online for the world to see, never mind if they're hairier that Chewbacca's face but for these ladies, there seems to be some sort of pride in doing it.
For younger bees, which are hairier than their elders, scientists need to shave them first before the 2.
Elmo Lincoln, the first screen Tarzan, was hairier than the apes and had to have his chest and legs shaved before battling Old Charlie.
London, Dec 15 (ANI): Hairier skin may be the key to avoid being bitten by bed bugs, a new study has claimed.
The duo, who have worked together for the past nine years on various pantos and the Royal Court's Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, warned families to expect many surprises and bring a brolly - with Francis, the hairier of the sisters, warning: "Male viewers should beware the front row - Wilhelmina's on the prowl for a husband
New EP The Good Life, out now on Birdman Records, proves that there's always going to be a place in music for hairy men playing even hairier guitar solos and yowling their hearts out about how they need someone to ring their bells and so on.
If you had hairier floor mats than your neighbour you were streets ahead in terms of cred.
It seems the hairier sex can't resist a wee look when their wives say 'God I know exactly what she means' as we share the universal joy of living with the lesser-spotted, often annoying Scots male.