raise (one's) eyebrows

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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 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 your eyebrows (or an eyebrow)

show surprise, disbelief, or mild disapproval.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise your ˈeyebrows (at something)

show, by the expression on your face, that you disapprove of or are surprised by something: Eyebrows were raised when he arrived at the wedding in jeans.When he said he was leaving, there were a lot of raised eyebrows.
See also: eyebrow, raise

raise eyebrows

To cause surprise or mild disapproval.
See also: eyebrow, raise
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PEOPLE who lost their life savings on Eircom shares in 1999 will raise their eyebrows at news the company is to be flogged off yet again.
So if you look at a study that only looked at African Americans, there's always going to be a subset of people who are going to raise their eyebrows and be somewhat concerned about that.
There are advantages to shopping by computer that go far beyond geographical convenience--the screen sits there quietly, quite different from salesmen who often raise their eyebrows at your choices," she says.
They may raise their eyebrows, but Mr Mandelson is proof of the BT slogan "It's good to talk".