Stole a glance - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
steal a glance (at someone or something) (redirected from stole a glance)
steal a glance (at someone or something)
To look at someone or something very quickly and discreetly. That boy just stole a glance at you again! I think he likes you! I stole a glance to see if the teacher was watching us.
steal a glance at someone or something
Fig. to sneak a peek at someone or something. He stole a glance at his brother, who appeared to be as frightened as he was. Karen stole a glance at her watch and yawned.
steal a ˈglance/ˈlook (at somebody/something) (written) look quickly at somebody/something, so that nobody notices you looking: He stole a glance at her out of the corner of his eye.
References in classic literature
Wilson stole a glance
at Tom, and said to himself, "He is flying signals of distress now; even people who despise him are pitying him; they think this is a hard ordeal for a young fellow who has lost his benefactor by so cruel a stroke--and they are right.