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raise an eyebrow

To show confusion, surprise, concern, or disapproval, either literally (often by actually raising an eyebrow) or figuratively. When I told my mom how much money we would need, she raised an eyebrow and asked me to add it up again. You need to stop coming in late every day—the boss is starting to raise an eyebrow. My grandmother definitely raised an eyebrow when I stopped going to church.
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But if Wenger was putting an ad in a lonely hearts column, you would possibly have raised an eyebrow if he had put "good sense of humour".
I think we all raised an eyebrow when the pairings came out but everything was done above board and supervised," McCague said in a statement yesterday.
The fact that I am who I am has definitely raised an eyebrow, but I've benefited from that.
The immigration service, the lawmakers said, knew all along what the investors were doing and never raised an eyebrow when the government approved the visa petitions.
Back in August, when I raised an eyebrow about the athlete Kathy Jager (left), I received a deluge of mail saying I was being downright unfair.
For some reason, the line that Morissette uses in her hit ``You Oughta Know'' about an oral sex act in a theater has played countless times on radio for more than a year and has hardly raised an eyebrow.