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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
But perhaps at a time when so much of warfare is difficult to see—special forces operations, cyberattacks, mass surveillance, and drone strikes—a novel can illuminate the human suffering of war by looking at it askance.
Major stock exchanges are starting to look askance at dual-class stock structures that vest supermajority control in individuals or small groups.
While many news organizations would look askance at such an attack, especially during the #MeToo era, NBC News appears to be giving Brokaw’s broadside tacit support.
While some look askance at produce that isn’t picture-perfect, Megan Klein saw opportunity.
Still, prosecutors understand that juries may look askance at sweetheart plea deals, especially with those who've been publicly demonized, and that defense lawyers may subject cooperators to bruising cross-examinations.
Noble, the former FEC official, said regulators might not look askance at the mere use of the corporate email account.
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.
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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.
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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