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To look askance

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To look askance to look at with suspicion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. very obscure; perh. conn. with It. a schiáncio, slopingly, or with Ice. á-ská, as in Askew.

Usage

In literature:

When she was nine years old it was her business to do all the family darning, looking askance at Doris.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The Frank's cold looks askance at him deprived him of the power to play his part.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
He proffered no checks for them to look askance at.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Some poetry will appeal to boys, even though they may look askance at most of it.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
The King, still obsequious to Spain, looked on him coldly and askance.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
An intruder, in breach of well-settled precedent, might have expected to be looked on askance by the class which I thus unusually entered.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
Two or three of them nodded to him as they passed by, others looked at him askance and hurried on.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
The people began to look askance at the birds, for they thought they were eating too much grain.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
I waited yet another half-hour until the proprietor of the cafe began to look askance at me.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
He looked at me askance from time to time, and he seemed to me to be more grieved than angry.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
He began to fancy that even Darby and the serving-boys looked askance at him and kept him in view.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
At last, out of breath, he ceased running, and, moreover, he noticed some men, going to their work early, look askance at his hurry.
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
Men were apt to look at him askance, half doubtful, half-indignant.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
Turning, they went out to the path, looking askance at the thin death tube as they passed along it.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
The firm began to look askance at such a consul; and worse was behind.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And those who were different from him in any or all of these respects were inclined to look at him askance.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Germany looks askance at any education for woman that gives to her interests outside of the home.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
He was a man to be looked at askance.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
They began to look at Eanswyth ever so little, askance.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
I seemed to myself a perfect vision of beauty, but Jean looks at me askance.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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In poetry:

On everything poetic
Your moderns look askance:
And daily Prose deals frequent blows
Destructive to Romance.
"A Shattered Illusion" by P G Wodehouse
Lo! all the world stands by to gaze
And lean and look askance,
What time the sturdy tars upraise
The banner of romance.
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson
You'll understand, of course,
That wager was a source
Of very little profit to the hapless “wageree,”
And, dating from that day,
I much regret to say,
Men look askance at Riley, from the North Countree.
"Josephus Riley" by Barcroft Henry Boake
The indignant Note replied
(Lying crumpled by his side),
"Shame, shame, it is yourself that roam, Sir —
One cannot look askance,
But, whip! you're off to France,
Leaving nothing but old rags at home, Sir.
"Dialogue Between a Sovereign and a One-Pound Note" by Thomas Moore

In news:

LOOK BEYOND THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD Older, wiser and much more jaded, I look a bit askance at commercial approaches to the sweet observation of Saint Valentine's Day.
Looking Askance Do you know how it is when you near the last few pages of a really good book and start to get depressed because the story is about to end.
Many large investors looked askance at Facebook's whopping $100 billion valuation awarded to it at the $38-a-share initial public offering price.
Given the national Republican penchant for creating voting environments that seem to disadvantage Democrats, it was no surprise that local Dems looked askance at County Clerk Wayne Williams' choice of polling places for the November election.
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