look sideways at (someone or something)

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look sideways 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 sideways at me. Am I not wearing the right clothes? Some people look sideways at these institutions, but I believe they are beneficial to the public.
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look sideways at

Glance at suspiciously or amorously, as in I'm sure the detective was looking sideways at me, and it made me very nervous, or They were looking sideways at each other, and I don't think it was innocent. [Mid-1800s] Also see look askance.
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References in classic literature ?
'No,' said Miss Squeers, looking sideways at her parent, 'although I AM a queer bridesmaid, and SHAN'T be a bride in a hurry, and although my husband WILL be in luck, I entertain no sentiments towards you, sir, but sentiments of pity.'
long life to Altisidora!" The duke and duchess and the kings Minos and Rhadamanthus stood up, and all, together with Don Quixote and Sancho, advanced to receive her and take her down from the catafalque; and she, making as though she were recovering from a swoon, bowed her head to the duke and duchess and to the kings, and looking sideways at Don Quixote, said to him, "God forgive thee, insensible knight, for through thy cruelty I have been, to me it seems, more than a thousand years in the other world; and to thee, the most compassionate upon earth, I render thanks for the life I am now in possession of.
He lighted the second at the ashes of the first, and smoked on, looking sideways at his companion, who, preoccupied with his own case, hardly looked at him.
"No, no," quoth Robin hastily, and looking sideways at Little John, "thou didst not harm me.
"No really, my dear, this dress is not pretty," said Lise, looking sideways at Princess Mary from a little distance.
But we never, sir'--said Miggs, looking sideways at Mrs Varden, and interlarding her discourse with a sigh--'we never know the full value of SOME wines and fig-trees till we lose 'em.
The name threw a chill between them, and they stood a moment looking sideways at each other before Mattie said with a shy laugh.
Brownlow, at the conclusion of the meal; looking sideways at Oliver, as he resumed his subject.
But members of Congress from both parties need to stop looking sideways at potential primary challengers in crafting immigration positions and make the brave political stands it will take to fix this.
There'll be quite a few of the Tottenham players in there looking sideways at him and thinking, "Does he mean me?
Even when seen with favorable lunar libration, the extreme foreshortening created by looking sideways at the lunar poles compresses circular crater rims into apparently straight ridges.
But then, it was hardly surprising: in the 18th and 19th Centuries, when the poor in England and Ireland were being hanged for stealing a currant bun or looking sideways at a sheep, judges often took pity on the young and beautiful and sent them to a thrilling new life in Botany Bay instead.
Just about every petty activity is banned, eg, pistol shooting (our Olympic team practices in Switzerland), hunting with dogs, drinking in the street, scratching your backside or looking sideways at some people.
Focused entirely on me, the bull marched in and stopped abruptly, looking sideways at Greg from a distance of eight yards.
A THERE are times when I think that males spend their entire time looking sideways at other men's equipment.