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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.
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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.
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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.
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But Bishop Wiesner has certainly raised eyebrows here with the suggestion that women's ordination is, or should be, an open question.
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Meanwhile in California, another Religious Right group, the Traditional Values Coalition, raised eyebrows when it sent a questionnaire to state appellate judges, who are elected to office, asking if they have ever belonged to the American Civil Liberties Union or the National Organization for Women.
Not long ago the idea that unhealed wounds of history could determine the relations between peoples or countries would only have caused raised eyebrows. Today it has become almost fashionable to go back in history whenever a problem between countries or ethnic groups occurs.
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Summary: Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Dec 26 (ANI): A state-run medical college in Meerut raised eyebrows when Russian belly dancers were called to perform at its alumni function on Monday.
His figures of 10-10-0-5 in the Frank Platt Championship win against Cawthorne certainly raised eyebrows. "He bowled very well and was supported superbly at the other end by Minhas," said Cawthorne skipper Chris Walmsley.
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