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  • He looked askance at the offer.
  • But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance
     Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Beside me, Tariq looks askance at Keenan.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Dayna looked askance at Hillary, then back to Mae.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Sandwiched between me and Mary, he talked and smiled at her, and there was something about the sight of him being briefly happy that repelled those people who might otherwise have looked at him askance, or offered pitying glances.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • And no one looked askance at him as he crossed the plaza.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • No one noticed the ghost, but the locals looked askance at Nico.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I must have looked askance at this, because he smiled, still careful of his mouth.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • She suspects the motives of all mainlanders, looks askance at their apparent acts of goodwill.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • We look askance at one another.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • The priest looked askance at both of them.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Nelson looked askance at diversity training and opposed offering any "special treatment" for refugees, particularly in the arena of traffic violations.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Garrow looked at him askance and demanded, "Do I look dead to you?"
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The hospital looked at him askance, insulted him with ridiculous questions, and basically told him to fend for himself.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Her beautiful eyes glanced askance at her husband’s face, and her own assumed the timid, deprecating expression of a dog when it rapidly but feebly wags its drooping tail.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He eyed Bumble askance, as he entered, but scarcely deigned to nod his head in acknowledgment of his salutation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Madam Rosmerta, the pretty landlady, didn’t seem to think much of this; she was looking askance at Moody as she collected glasses from tables around them.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • What at my glory ever looks askance?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Vittoria eyed him askance.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Now it was Eragon’s turn to look askance.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The soft thing looked askance through the window: he possessed the power to depart as much as a cat possesses the power to leave a mouse half killed, or a bird half eaten.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The animals were delighted to see us back again, and received us with manifestations of joy, but looked askance at the new pets.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Javert gazed askance at this body, and, profoundly calm, said in a low tone: "It strikes me that I know that girl."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They scampered for their things in panic, stooping hurriedly and looking askance at each gentle, knee-high wave bubbling in as though some ugly, red, grisly organ like a liver or a lung might come washing right up against them.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Where," asked he, with a look askance at them—for it was the clergyman’s peculiarity that he seldom, now-a-days, looked straight forth at any object, whether human or inanimate, "where, my kind doctor, did you gather those herbs, with such a dark, flabby leaf?"
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He did not know that he had taken nearly ten years to arrive, for it never occurred to him that his neighbors had eyed him askance at first.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • As much as Carter annoyed me, I hated it when people assumed we weren’t related, or looked at my father askance when he said the three of us were a family—like we’d done something wrong.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Up through the hall of Zeus now all the lords of heaven were sullen and looked askance.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 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.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • And so the king askance came to Sir Tristram, to comfort him as he lay sick in his bed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Sargent peered askance through his slanted glasses.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The elder workman looked at him askance.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Accordingly, Olivier le Mauvais remained motionless, sulking at the king, and glancing askance at Jacques Coictier.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Anne set the card up against the jugful of apple blossoms she had brought in to decorate the dinner-table—Marilla had eyed that decoration askance, but had said nothing—propped her chin on her hands, and fell to studying it intently for several silent minutes.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • And so the king askance came to Sir Tristram, to comfort him as he lay sick in his bed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Seni answered the door and looked askance at him.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Sergey Ivanovitch, while he kept up a conversation with their hostess, had one ear for his brother, and he glanced askance at him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will, Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk; But thou with mildness entertain’st thy wooers; With gentle conference, soft and affable.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • You look askance at anyone who occupies a superior official position; you regard him as a personal enemy, and then any stick is good enough to beat him with.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • When they had come up, somewhile, with eye askance,[1] they gazed at me without a word; then they turned to each other, and said one to the other, "This one seems alive by the action of his throat; and if they are dead, by what privilege do they go uncovered by the heavy stole?"
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Carrie looked at him askance, half-suspicious of an appeal.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • For all that he was displeased enough, looked at me askance, and grumbled when he looked.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • "Call me Tess," she would say askance; and he did.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The two officers, looking at the prostrate Bacchanalian, and askance at each other, exchanged the most frightful sympathetic grins.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • ’The White Whale—the White Whale!’ 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "None escape," said the Beast People, looking askance at one another.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • "Why are your fits getting worse?" asked Fyodor Pavlovitch, looking askance at his new cook.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Anyone who has ever had to watch a loved one deteriorate after a massive stroke will no doubt look askance at the very idea of such frustration and misery being in some way intriguing, fascinating, or picturesque, and quite rightly.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • At that instant, as it seemed to him, the air was chilled and, looking askance towards the water, he saw a flying squall darkening and crisping suddenly the tide.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I reckon you will grant that during some years there has been only one pair of eyes in these kingdoms that has not been looking steadily askance at the queen and Sir Launcelot—
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
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