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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"His fee raised a few eyebrows but it's the going rate.
The 11-year-old's peace symbol raised a few eyebrows as she left a ice cream shop in Rome.
The Scotland man's nomination for Young Player of the Year raised a few eyebrows despite his World Cup winner against Iceland.
I had half a mind to enter him for the Champion Hurdle this week; I bet that would have raised a few eyebrows.
It just raised a few eyebrows that's all, and it must have raised a few with 'Freddie' himself.
That might have raised a few eyebrows - this game was awful - but resilience and character is emerging in his team.
THE signing of Craig Bellamy certainly raised a few eyebrows and I'm still not sure about him.
Those numbers have raised a few eyebrows at larger competitors such as America Movil, which has begun to dabble in push-to-talk service, although Nextel claims its technology is seven times faster than that of its competitors.
It is there he also raised a few eyebrows by insisting Mozart works be performed accompanied by an orchestra of period instruments.
NINE DAYS TO GO: Alan Shear-er's decision to bring an end to his international career after Euro 2000 raised a few eyebrows.
The sixth formers raised a few eyebrows amongst city centre shoppers during their fund raising day.
While this may come as no surprise to those of us in the industry, what has raised a few eyebrows is the cutting edge appearance of the State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit that can be combined with the federal tax credit on the same project.
Not surprisingly, the fundamentalist congregation's action raised a few eyebrows. Critics said church sponsorship and placement of such a nakedly partisan advertisement was unprecedented.
President Clinton raised a few eyebrows when he announced his support for the Internet Tax Freedom Act, a bill that would place a six-year moratorium on new taxes that apply only to the Internet.
So when the evening-length Jewels was programmed as the 1996-97 season opener, it raised a few eyebrows.