stink eye


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 SchenckAnd 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

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stink eye was in 1960

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“Stink eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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