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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.
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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.
See also: 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

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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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
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The man was in his 40s with short brown hair and "squinty" eyes.
Jane, was a skinny, squinty kid who loved to play truant from school.
But when the animal is in shallow, bright water, the eye squeezes into the squinty, ripply slit shown here.
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It was touching to see those men in the same outfits as the troops would have worn, marching through the city, past squinty bridges, museums, sitting in Subways.
His teeth might be a bit squinty but he's a straight talker and that's what counts.
The 65-year-old from Llanrumney remembers how badly he struggled at school as a boy, where he was teased by fellow classmates over his ongoing health problems and given the nicknames "limpy" and "squinty".
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Comedian Michael Ian Black tweeted about a squinty Zellwegger, "Do you guys remember when Renee Zellweger had eyes?"
[check] offers appeasement behaviors (ears back, squinty eyes, lowered body posture, rolls on her back, urinates) to signal the other dog to back off
My mad woman's looking squinty at me now, but smiling more than ever and showing all those little teeth more than ever too.
Finally - and this one really is important - DON'T leave your computer logged on and unattended after Prince Philip has been at the Dubonnet, particularly if he has met anyone foreign, disabled, short, squinty, socialist or female in the previous 48 hours.
As a short-sighted, squinty youth, I wore a pair of brown NHS specs, which some of my school contemporaries led me to believe were less than fashionable and therefore diminished me somewhat in their (perfect) eyes.
The sights though, are squinty, teensy and terrible.
Like that fella who always plays the redneck sheriff with the squinty eyes in straight-to video-nonsense.