stink eye

noun

informal : a look expressing annoyance, resentment, or disapproval
usually used with the
As I bumbled my way through the ordering experience in Boston, I could feel the regulars giving me the stink eye [=giving me a dirty look]. "Who is this clueless fool?" I imagined them thinking to themselves, as I accidentally cut off the woman ahead of me.Tim Schenck
And when a new intruder comes … into my cove, … I do what any good bass fisherman would do. I give him the stink eye.David Lansing

Examples of stink eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This moment may be the turning point that kicks off a massive crew meltdown because, in addition to Kyle being unhappy to see Natalya, Jessika is probably going to give her the stink eye at some point since Natalya is moving in on her man. Gina Ragusa, EW.com, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stink eye was in 1960

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“Stink eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stink%20eye. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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