squint at

squint at (someone or something)

To purse one's eyelids half-shut while looking at someone or something. If you squint at Sarah, you might just mistake her for her mother. I've been squinting at this fine print for nearly 10 minutes trying to read it all.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

squint at someone or something

to look at someone or something with the eyes partly closed. (When squinting, the eyes are partly closed by pressing the upper and lower eyelids toward one another.) Why are you squinting at me? I had to squint at the small print in order to read it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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We are in a banker's-parcel case just at present, and I have been down the road taking as squint at the scene of action, and thereupon must have a word or two with our client."
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IT SEEMS A HOPELESS TASK: UNDER A BLAZING SUN AT THE U.S.--Mexico border, a customs inspector must squint at the tires and gas tanks of thousands of passing tractor trailers to divine if a few kilos of cocaine or heroin might be stuffed into the trucks' most unreachable crevices.
THERE'S no need to visit a stuffy art gallery to have a squint at the new Picasso, Citroen has sent me this photo of its latest motor.
But after a quick squint at Irene, Chloe and Judy, worrying about wrinkles isn't going to be high on their list of priorities just yet.