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Word: askance

Definition: with a sideways or indirect look (with disapproval or distruct); Ex. look askance at


Sentences Containing 'askance'

As the province of Holland only abutted friendly territory and its interests were centered on commercial activities at sea, the Holland regents had no territorial designs themselves, and they looked askance at such designs by the other provinces, because they knew they were likely to have to foot the bill.
But it seems you have come back rich, my boy,''continued the tailor, looking askance at the handful of gold and silver which Dantes had thrown on the table.
Danglars looked at him askance, as though to ascertain whether he spoke seriously.
Many housewives look askance at ready made baking powders and prefer to bake with soda and sour milk, soda and buttermilk, or soda and cream of tartar.
that "Right‑minded people would not be unjustified if they look askance at other decisions of the 1st respondent.
Then it was that the lust of the chase would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a man whose knowledge was not that of other mortals.
was the cry from captain, mates, and harpooneers, who, undeterred by fearful rumours, were all anxious to capture so famous and precious a fish; while the dogged crew eyed askance, and with curses, the appalling beauty of the vast milky mass, that lit up by a horizontal spangling sun, shifted and glistened like a living opal in the blue morning sea.

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