to look askance

Idiom

To look askance

Definition

An idiom used to describe a negative or suspicious look

Examples

When I asked for a raise, my boss looked askance at me,

When I told my friend I had failed, she looked askance.

Origin

Believed to have originated in the 15th century from the Middle English phrase ‘askken a glaunce’

FAQs

What does it mean to look askance?

Is it an archaic phrase?

Does it have to be used with a sideways glance?