look daggers

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look daggers

  1. (idiomatic, often followed by at) To stare in a severe, disapproving, or threatening manner, especially without speaking.
    • 1835, Washington Irving, Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey, ch. 1:
      Before him sat the grim baron, with a face worthy of the father of such a daughter, and looking daggers and ratsbane.
    • 1912, Jack London, Smoke Bellew, ch. 2:
      Both employers looked daggers at Kit, for the insult rankled.
    • 1986, Stephen Coonts, Flight of the Intruder (2006 edition), ISBN 9781591141273, p. 116:
      [T]wo hostesses approached and looked daggers at Suzy and Teresa, both of whom glared back.