raise (some/a few) eyebrows

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raise (some/a few) eyebrows

To elicit shock, surprise, or offense, typically through unconventional actions or words. The phrase typically suggests negative attention or judgment. Her irreverent chatter during the ceremony raised eyebrows. My best friend's pink hair definitely raised a few eyebrows at our very strict school.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise some eyebrows

 and raise a few eyebrows
Fig. to shock or surprise people mildly (by doing or saying something). (Some can be replaced with a few, someone's, a lot of, etc.) What you just said may raise some eyebrows, but it shouldn't make anyone really angry. John's sudden marriage to Ann raised a few eyebrows.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise eyebrows

COMMON If something that someone does raises eyebrows, it surprises, shocks, or offends people. The size of his salary has certainly raised eyebrows. His outspoken comments raised a few eyebrows at the meeting. Note: You can also say that something causes raised eyebrows. Her articles have caused some raised eyebrows over the years.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise eyebrows

To cause surprise or mild disapproval.
See also: eyebrow, raise
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He made a raft of pre-Budget pledges to the people but it should raise a few eyebrows as we're just months away from another election.
EORGE Osborne's revelation today that GLabour agreed to return Northern Rock to the private sector by 2013 will raise a few eyebrows.
A combination of Zane meets Christian, this novel is filled with subliminal messages that are sure to hit home with many mature readers, but will also raise a few eyebrows with its thought provoking, erotic and hard-core content.
However, with the Gramercy Park Hotel lying just outside the boundary that protects the Gramercy Park Historic District, any major changes may raise a few eyebrows in the neighborhood.
SHROPSHIRE'S Sandy Lyle is aiming to raise a few eyebrows at Royal Lytham this week - and book a ticket to the Belfry in September.
His use of books printed before or just after Milton's birth, for example, may raise a few eyebrows.