with a jaundiced eye

with a jaundiced eye

In a negative or uncharitable light that has been informed by past experiences. Most commonly used after the verbs "see" or "look." I used to think that Chris was a good kid, but ever since I overhead him bragging about cheating on an exam, I've seen him with a jaundiced eye. After you've been in this industry for as long as I have, you start to look on deals like these with a jaundiced eye.
See also: eye, jaundiced
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jaundiced eye, (look on) with a

Seeing only the faults or bad side. This term is based on the old belief that to a person suffering from jaundice (a condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow), everything looks yellow. John Webster put it into so many words in The White Devil (1.2): “They that have the yellow jaundice think all objects they look on to be yellow” (1612). The expression long survived the belief and was a cliché by 1800 or so.
See also: jaundiced
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
References in classic literature ?
He scanned Shaftesbury Avenue with a jaundiced eye, and thought that he had never seen a beastlier thoroughfare.
Not that he regarded the play of life about him with a jaundiced eye, but, rather, that his eyes became unseeing.
And critics of philanthropy, from the very-knowledgeable-but-out-of-touch organizers on the left to the in-touch-but-know-nothing organizers on the right, have all appraised the world of private foundations with a jaundiced eye.
In a dance that examines religion with a jaundiced eye, Louis, dressed in a black vest and bowler, slips ironically between the posturing of an evangelical preacher and that of the Devil.
But if you watch these talk shows with a jaundiced eye, and keep Beavis and Butt-head in mind, you can see how the pundits play a less obvious, but equally pernicious, role in the stupefaction of America.
Summing up, the court said it "declines the Commission's invitation to look with a jaundiced eye at each accounting decision made during a complex audit merely because of an accountant's economic motivation in maintaining an ongoing relationship with a client." (Securities and Exchange Commission v.