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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gimlet-eyed very sharp-sighted
    • ***


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gimbelet, from Teut.; cf. Eng. wimble.


In literature:

The sub-chief's eyes bored into him like gimlets.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
His heavy brows depressed, and his deep-set eyes narrowed to gimlet holes.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Eyes like gimlets, 'e 'ad.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
All the "gimlet-eyed" rascals in town were on the alert to bleed the sailor as soon as he had got his advance.
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
I was fetehin' some oats to Gimlet Eye, an' didn't take any particular notice.
"The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
The eyes beneath her pince-nez were like little gimlets.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
Presently she turned her piercing gimlet grey eyes on Helmsley.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
I could feel her eyes boring into my head like twin gimlets.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
But he did not hold the door open when Luigi went, and his little eyes were hard like gimlet points.
"Golden Stories" by Various
He turned towards us, the poker still in his hand, and with an eye like a gimlet seemed to take us in at a single glance.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
On a balcony below a lady with faded hair and gimlet eyes pounced at her.
"The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident" by Edgar Saltus
Mrs. Barrows' eyes bored like old gimlets sharpened from long use.
"The Loves of Ambrose" by Margaret Vandercook
Their eyes pierced the wall like so many gimlets.
"The Three Eyes" by Maurice Leblanc
He stood, shivering, with gimlet flames in his eyes, his fingers twitching restlessly.
"The Pioneers" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
She has an 'eye like a gimlet.
"Mrs. Geoffrey" by Duchess
Neale got a gimlet and bored the "eyes" of a big one and the milk foamed out into the children's cups.
"The Corner House Girls on Palm Island" by Grace Brooks Hill
It took some finding with single matches; but the fear of your neck gives you eyes in your finger-ends, and gimlets, too, by Jove!
"The Thousandth Woman" by Ernest W. Hornung
He had a thin hooked nose much like an eagle's beak, and his eyes were of the well-known gimlet type.
"Adventures in Swaziland" by Owen Rowe O'Neil
Mrs. Noble fixed her small gimlet eyes upon her face, as if she would have read every sign which might be found there.
"Mabel, Vol. III (of 3)" by Emma Newby
The Sergeant did not start; he was too old a hand for that; but his small gimlet eyes searched his new acquaintance's face very keenly.
"Beaumaroy Home from the Wars" by Anthony Hope

In news:

Governments must take a gimlet-eyed look.
He called it "The Gimlet Eye," which had nothing to do with that gin and lime concoction that some people apparently drink when champagne is not available.
Yet Audi Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn ought to cast a gimlet eye out toward Asia.