raise eyebrows


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to raise eyebrows: raise some eyebrows

raise (one's) eyebrows

1. To lift one's eyebrows in a display of shock, surprise, or offense. She raised her eyebrows at the idea, but after I went through the details of the plan, she was agreed to support it.
2. 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 many people's eyebrows. Sarah's pink hair definitely raised a few eyebrows, but if she likes it, then that's all that matters.
See also: eyebrow, raise

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 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
References in periodicals archive ?
While Fries understood the ad would raise eyebrows, he believes a distinction exists between promoting the organization on campus and promoting guns.
Of course, any painter whose fireworks of light-shot likenesses can be so instantly appealing is bound to raise eyebrows.
Corporate governance experts, however, said appointing the chairman's brother as chief executive may raise eyebrows.
It's a time when having Gould make a scene in your cafe is, as one owner puts it, ``Good for business; a real bohemian for the tourists,'' and when a female artist like Alice Neel, played by Susan Sarandon, could still raise eyebrows with her nude paintings.
In a move sure to raise eyebrows - if not chuckles - from fans and no doubt some National League West rivals, the Padres announced Friday that country music superstar Garth Brooks has been invited to spring training on a nonroster basis.