look askance

look askance

View with mistrust, as in They looked askance at him when he said he'd just made a million in the stock market. The precise feeling conveyed by this expression has varied since it was first used in the 1500s, from envy to contempt to suspicion, although the literal meaning was "look obliquely, with a side glance." The present sense dates from about 1800. Also see look sideways.
See also: askance, look
References in classic literature ?
While such whims and chimeras were flitting across my fancy I began to look askance at Mrs.
As England grew Puritan, the people began to look askance at the theater, for the Puritans had always been its enemies.
Where," asked he, with a look askance at them -- for it was the clergyman's peculiarity that he seldom, now-a-days, looked straight forth at any object, whether human or inanimate" where, my kind doctor, did you gather those herbs, with such a dark, flabby leaf?
It's talk like that that makes some people look askance at Mr.
One must also look askance at this deplorable tendency to issue unwarranted tweets and that too at the highest level.
While not denying that he and his actions will be judged by history in due course, the world does look askance at some.
Some states look askance even at this, wanting to preserve the flexibility of customary law, but Lijnzaad says that identifying customary international law matters to the work of courts and tribunals, and it is judges who are frequently called upon not only to decide a case on the basis of customary rules, but--prior to that--to establish that a particular rule in fact exists.
Certainly if he were looking, Bentley would look askance at the conventional critical wisdom that we're currently in a golden age of television.
Big brother" UEFA, though it has not commented on the matter yet, is also watching and may look askance at Turkish football, whose image has already been tarnished by match-fixing allegations.
As someone wrote recently, women who would look askance at being asked to take part in the often brutal sexual practices described, can't seem to get enough of the film and book.
In the long run, it could even hurt your employability inChina, becauseUS governmentis going to look askance at Chinese firms that hire former cyber spies," said Baker, a partner withSteptoe& Johnson LLP.
Federal regulators may look askance at any move by Sprint, the third-largest U.
Then too there is the pre-landing lurch for the loos - floors flooded with "water" and paper - which nevertheless keep customers closeted for ages while those in the queue look askance of each other and get in the way of crew gathering blankets and headsets.
Some people look askance at the mention of such a plant, but it has been rife in our gardens for hundreds of years, making them more beautiful places in the process.
While the DOJ will rarely demand the involvement of the board, it may look askance at an investigation that is conducted by senior management when members of that group are implicated.
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