if looks could kill


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if looks could kill

An expression used when someone makes an angry or unpleasant face at someone, indicating that such an expression represents hostility. And the way she looked at me when I mentioned her father in my speech? Yeesh, if looks could kill.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

if looks could kill

a catchphrase said when someone makes a frown at someone or when someone casts a dirty look. Did you see the way she looked at me? If looks could kill... If looks could kill... What a nasty glare she gave me.
See also: could, if, kill, look
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

if looks could ˈkill...

used to describe the very angry or unpleasant way somebody is/was looking at you: If looks could kill, she thought, seeing the expression that came over his face when he saw her, she’d be dead on the pavement.I don’t know what I’ve done to upset him, but if looks could kill...
See also: could, if, look
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look daggers at, to

To glare at someone. The term first appeared in the Greek playwright Aristophanes’s The Birds (ca. 414 b.c.) and was alluded to several times by Shakespeare. “There’s daggers in men’s smiles,” he wrote (Macbeth, 2:3). The image aptly conveys the fierceness of such a glance and appealed to numerous other writers, including Thoreau. A synonymous cliché is if looks could kill, which has been around since the early 1900s. Frank Harris used it in My Life and Loves (1922): “When they let me up I looked at Jones, and if looks could kill, he would have had short shrift.”
See also: dagger, look
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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