Look askance

View with mistrust, as in They looked askance at him when he said he’d just made a million in the stock market . The precise feeling conveyed by this expression has varied since it was first used in the 1500s, from envy to contempt to suspicion, although the literal meaning was “look obliquely, with a side glance.” The present sense dates from about 1800. Also see look sideways


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    verb phrase To commit even a tiny fault; offend in the least way: who would yell copper if you looked at them cross-eyed (1940s+)

  • Look before you leap

    We should know what we are getting into before we commit ourselves. Think of the consequences before you act, as in You’d better check out all the costs before you buy a cellular phone—look before you leap. This expression alludes to Aesop’s fable about the fox who is unable to climb out of a well […]

  • Look black

    Appear threatening or unfavorable, as in The future looked black for Henry after he dropped out of school . This expression employs black in the sense of “boding ill,” a usage dating from about 1700. Also see under dirty look

  • Look blank

    Be expressionless, appear dumbstruck or overwhelmed. For example, When I asked her how to get to the hospital, she looked blank. [ c. 1700 ]

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