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To knit the brows

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knit the brows to frown; to scowl.
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Usage

In literature:

It did all our hearts good to see him spit in his hand, knit his brows, and make the blade sing through the air.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The latter seemed to be considering, for Jim saw his brows were knit when the firelight touched his face.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
It did all our hearts good to see him spit in his hand, knit his brows, and make the blade sing through the air.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Again Jacob Dolph strode to the window and back again, staring hard at the carpet, and knitting his brows.
"The Story of a New York House" by Henry Cuyler Bunner
He returned to the middle of the room and stood there for a few moments with knitted brow.
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
The Prince appeared to read it with care and knit his brow as he did so.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
All of a sudden he knitted his brows, rose, and came to the door.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
She knitted her brows in the effort to understand, to reconcile contradictions.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The more bulky one he stared at for a moment, with knitted brows, only to fling it into a drawer.
"A Volunteer with Pike" by Robert Ames Bennet
Evidently he measures the difficulty carefully, for he seems to knit his brows as he looks abroad.
"Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century" by Estelle M. Hurll
The king knit his brows, as if trying to think of something he had forgotten.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
The great cloud over Zocca d'i Ment had become dark blue, and the Boglia was also beginning to knit its brows.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro
The son gave no reply, and continued to play with the animal upon his knee, whilst a dark frown knitted his brow.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 362, December 1845" by Various
Mr. White listened to the recital with knitted brows.
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes
Now it was Herr Witold's turn to knit his brow and frown more and more ominously, until at last the storm broke.
"Under a Charm, Vol. I (of III)" by E. Werner
At first the eager voice trembled for joy, in the verse he had to sing alone, and the choir-master's brows were knitted with anxiety.
"The Ravens and the Angels" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles
Stephen turned to the fire, with knitted brow and compressed lip, and fidgeted with the poker.
"Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir" by Charles Garvice
The African Moors, also, "knitted their brows and seemed to shudder" at the whiteness of his skin.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
McKelvie was smoking his pipe and pacing the room, his brows knit in thought, and Jones did not like to disturb him.
"The Mystery of the Hidden Room" by Marion Harvey
No wonder that the young fellow had gone white to his lips, and that Dick's fists were clenched and his brows knitted.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
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In poetry:

Up, up it tower'd, as if in rage
The modern change to view;
Like Carlyle, from the middle age,
With brow knit at the new.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Enough for thee the pleading eye,
The knitted brow of silent pain;
The portals open to a sigh
Without the clank of bolt or chain.
"Hymn Read At The Dedication Of The Oliver Wendell Holmes Hospital At Hudson, Wisconsin" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The rich man mourns his little loss,
And knits the brow of care;
The poor man tries to bear the cross,
And seeks relief in prayer.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
The galling wrong no longer knits the brow,
Ambition feels the folly of her aim;
And Pity, from the heart expanding, now
Pants to extend relief to ev'ry claim.
"Lines Written At Brighton" by Sir John Carr
And, arriving at your lodgings, with a face of deepest gloom,
You shun the other boarders and your manly brow you knit;
You take a light and go upstairs directly to your room—
But the whole house knows you’re hit.
"Rejected" by Henry Lawson
Old Ivan McIvanovitch, with knitted brow of care,
Has climbed up from the engine-room to get a breath of air;
He slowly wipes the grease and sweat from hairy face and neck.
And from beneath his bushy brows he glowers around the deck.
"Those Foreign Engineers" by Henry Lawson