look askance at (someone or something)

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look askance at (someone or something)

To view or regard something in a disapproving or distrustful manner. I can't understand why everyone in this club is looking askance at me. Am I not wearing the right thing? Some people look askance at these institutions, but I believe they are beneficial to the public.
See also: askance, look

look askance at someone or something

Fig. to be surprised or shocked at someone or something. The teacher looked askance at the student who had acted so rudely. Everyone had looked askance at her efforts as an artist.
See also: askance, look
References in classic literature ?
The turnkey looked askance at her all the while, but never spoke.
The grey-haired ones are all sent to Europe for R & R in the summer and they come back looking refreshed," I said, and my ma-in-law looked at me with a big question mark on her face and then turned and looked askance at her daughter.
The guest looked askance at her, probably wondering how and why she had come into the picture-then archly dismissed her irrelevant 'complaint' by pointing out that she could or should go in for complete dental reconstruction and surgery
I looked askance at her, wondering if I might catch a glimpse of light through her as she faded away before my very eyes.