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Examples of askance in a Sentence
we looked askance at the dealer's assertion that the car had never been in an accident
Recent Examples of askance from the Web
Like Democrats before him, who in other parts of the country were considered outrageously liberal, Newsom repeatedly irritated his party’s left, which looked askance at his pragmatism and his opposition to tax increases.
Elegance aside, no one will look at you askance for ordering Beijing-style chicken wings with a Captain and Cherry Cola float at midnight.
However, foreign courts are likely to look askance at any effort by Mr Maduro to pick and choose which lenders to snub, since PDVSA is widely regarded as being indistinguishable from its owner.
As a result, with some rare exceptions (Eritrea, East Timor, South Sudan and Bangladesh) the world has looked askance at independence and secession movements in postcolonial countries.
There may have been reason to look askance at their record through three weeks with Newton playing poorly.
Regulators enforcing the 1968 Fair Housing Act and the 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act look askance at lenders who rely on judgment instead of scores to screen loan applications.
Leaders in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, had long looked askance at the Confederate monument in Linn Park, a granite obelisk soaring more than 50 feet in the air near downtown.
But does this healthy scrutiny too often tempt those of us on the outside to look askance at anything that comes from China?
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Did You Know?
Etymologists have been scratching their heads over the origin of "askance" for centuries. Sources from Italian and Old Norse, among other languages, have been suggested, but, today, dictionary editors look askance at all of these explanations and simply label the word origin unknown. What we do know is that the word was first used in English in the mid-16th century with the meaning "sideways" or "with a sideways glance," and that writers over the years have used the suggestion of someone looking askance at something to express a number of feelings from disapproval and distrust to jealousy.
Origin and Etymology of askance
First Known Use: circa 1530See Words from the same year
with a grain of salt;
ASKANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of askance for English Language Learners
: in a way that shows a lack of trust or approval
ASKANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of askance for Students
- She did not turn her head but watched him askance.
- We looked askance at the strangers.
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