look askance at (someone or something)

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look askance at (someone or something)

To view or regard someone or 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 clothes? Some people look askance at these institutions, but I believe they are beneficial to the public.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I'm very glad, anyway, that I persuaded him," she said, looking askance at her husband through her hair.
Taking a last whiff of his cigarette he threw it down, stepped on it, and letting the smoke escape through his moustache and looking askance at the horse that was coming up, began to tuck in his sheepskin collar on both sides of his ruddy face, clean-shaven except for the moustache, so that his breath should not moisten the collar.
"None escape," said the Beast People, looking askance at one another.
But it seems you have come back rich, my boy," continued the tailor, looking askance at the handful of gold and silver which Dantes had thrown on the table.
And as I continued to walk up and down, and saw people looking askance at me upon the street or out of windows, and nudging or speaking one to another with smiles, I began to take a fresh apprehension: that it might be no easy matter even to come to speech of the lawyer, far less to convince him of my story.
Nioche rubbed his forehead slowly, and even pushed back his wig a little, looking askance at his empty glass.
One may be excused for looking askance at the current clamor for resumption of the bilateral dialogue.
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Soon recognised for his artistic skills, his poignant works hugely popular with the public, Bairnsfather spent the rest of the war as a cartoonist, his most famous work, often reworked by other artists afterwards, shows Old Bill sheltering in what looks like a bomb crater, looking askance at his companion and saying: "Well if you knows of a better 'ole, go to it".
Blume, who briefly figures in Joanna Rakoff's My Salinger Year looking askance at the placement of her books on the shelves in the offices of a former agent, says she'll spend the summer revising her manuscript.
I'M not surprised Stonehaven residents are looking askance at plans for a new business and housing development at Mill O'Forest.
And there are reasons beyond those of the "austerians" for looking askance at the burgeoning of the welfare state in this time of prolonged misery.
Though Krieg isn't the only one looking askance at her tweet.
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