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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THE choice of Cyrano de Bergerac as part of Theatr Clwyd's spring season, drawn up by artistic director Tamara Harvey, may have raised some eyebrows.
The Jets have raised some eyebrows with reports of several top quarterback prospects visiting the team, including-most recently- Jimmy Garoppolo, Rich Cimini of ESPN reported.
An out-of-state company raised some eyebrows by making low-ball offers for property in Cleburne County.
The move has raised some eyebrows among airline officials.
The festival has had its politically charged moments; several years ago, festival organizers raised some eyebrows when they allowed English-language films to be screened even when they lacked French subtitles (previously a strict no-no).
The 2004 edition of the Calendario Romano, a calendar that promotes tourism to the Eternal City, has raised some eyebrows.
Timothy Grendell (R) proposed that Ohio's public colleges and universities sell dormitories to for-profit groups, the suggestion raised some eyebrows.
raised some eyebrows by officially banishing Satan from her community, it appears a lawsuit will not be forthcoming.
However, the departure of such a senior member of No 10's War Cabinet was understood to have raised some eyebrows in Whitehall.
Paul O'Neill's decision to keep his $100 million in Alcoa stock and options has raised some eyebrows among ethics watchdogs.
In 1996 when we announced that we would build a Double Tree Suites Hotel, the first hotel in Jersey City in more than 40 years, we raised some eyebrows.
The study's design garnered praise from their colleagues but raised some eyebrows at the local toy store.
That same month, Opal raised some eyebrows with its acquisition of Irvine, Calif.
Councilwoman Wendy Greuel raised some eyebrows last week.
More importantly, Tancredo has raised some eyebrows for being on record in support of a complete end to the existence of government-supported public schools.