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steely gaze

A prolonged and intense, mirthless look, especially one expressing disapproval or displeasure. The kids began joking about their classmate's situation, but the teacher silenced them with a steely gaze. I could tell by his steely gaze that he was not happy about the news.
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steely look

An intense, mirthless look, especially one expressing disapproval or displeasure. The kids began joking about their classmate's situation, but the teacher silenced them with a steely look. He shot me a steely look when I suggested he sell his grandfather's cottage.
See also: look, steely


With or having a fierce intensity in one's expression. The teacher fixed a steely-eyed gaze upon me when I started joking around during class. I could feel my ex-girlfriend staring at me, steely-eyed, from across the bar.


Calm and unflappable under pressure. I asked my brother to come to court with me because he is always steely-nerved in stressful situations. Gina needs to be steely-nerved to deal with all that rejection that comes with being an actress.

steely gaze

Cliché an intense, staring gaze. The principal turned a steely gaze toward the frightened student and suddenly smiled.
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But the road map-the structure of the arrangements, the intros, the endings-are from Steely Dan.
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Becker's Steely Dan bandmate Donald Fagen later told Billboard that Becker was "recovering from a procedure" and hopefully would be "fine very soon," but did not elaborate on Becker's surgery or prognosis.
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STEELY (3.30) has taken a while to find his form after a spell on the sidelines but he has slipped to a winning mark and there was much more encouragement at Kempton last time out, as he made most of the running and was only headed inside the final furlong.
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And while, in recent times, rock acts including Brian Wilson with "Pet Sounds" and Van Morrison with "Astral Weeks" have satisfied fans' need to hear classic albums by playing those discs end-to-end in concert, the once stage-shy Steely Dan now has taken the concept to the next level.
(We'll miss you loads Steely and will never forget you.
Not to be missed, MCD has confirmed that The Steely Dan concerts at 3Arena, Dublin will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday October 28 (sold-out) and an extra concert date on Monday October 30.
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