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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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squint like a bag of nails

To squint one's eyes severely. She definitely needs glasses—she's been squinting like a bag of nails all day.
See also: bag, like, nail, of, squint

squint out (of) (something)

To purse one's eyelids half-shut while looking outward through an eye, opening, or apparatus. It was so steamy in the room that I spent the whole time squinting out of foggy glasses. She squinted out the window, trying to catch a glimpse of the movie star in the dazzling sunshine. My left eye is totally blind, so if I forget to wear my glasses, I have to squint out of my right eye to see anything at all.
See also: out, squint
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.
See also: squint

squint out of something

1. to cast one's gaze from something, such as a place of concealment, with one's eyes partly closed. The prisoner squinted out of the little hatch in the door to his cell. You could see that many people were squinting out of the windows, trying to get a good view of the movie star who was visiting.
2. to cast one's gaze through something, such as glasses, one eye, etc., with one's eyes partly closed. she squinted out of one eye in the bright sun. Tony squinted out of his glasses and his mother decided that he needed to have his eyes checked again.
See also: of, out, squint
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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