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She looked at him with two unblinking, baleful eyes.
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  • She looked at him with two unblinking, baleful eyes.
  • The budget cuts had a baleful effect on education.
  • Harry stared at it and the bird looked balefully back, making its gagging noise again.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Polyphemus’s eyelids narrowed over his baleful milky eye, as if he were trying to see Clarisse more clearly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters

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  • The second nurse fixed me with a baleful eye.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • His eyes were baleful and cold.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Glaring balefully over the top of her red-framed eyeglasses, she said...
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • ...while the young dudes in hooded sweatshirts stare balefully at the strange, bowlegged old white lady in Nikes and red sweats who slowly hobbles up the three flights of dark, urine-smelling stairs on arthritic knees to visit her best friend, Mrs. Ingram in apartment 3G.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • And platoons left, squads right, had stilt-muscled themselves to fitful rest, to baleful glare, itching for the match to whiff out.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Rawlins eyed balefully that cauterized terrain.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses

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  • An ancient goldfish surfaced and looked balefully at her, then disappeared beneath the dark water.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • More sets of eyes join the first, baleful and slitted.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I find myself on the sofa next to Bear, and I cradle them both, Bear in one arm, my rifle in the other, like I’m back in the woods in my tent under the trees that were under the sky that was under the baleful eye of the mothership that was beneath the explosion of stars of which ours is just one—and what are the freaking odds that the Others would pick our star out of the 100 sextillion in the universe to set up shop?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I still considered all COs the enemy on principle, but I was beginning to understand a bit better why a prisoner might look at them with anything other than a baleful eye.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • At his back hung the frowning, bearded portrait of an extinct mammalogist who glared balefully down upon me.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • And with a baleful glance at the big brown hat, she picked up the little fur one and started after Betsie round the stairs down to breakfast.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • He fixed me with a baleful look.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Obviously I had to ponder what to do, had to figure out how to try to set things straight—somehow calm Nathan down and in the process remove Sophie from the target area of his blind and baleful rage—but I was so completely rattled that my brain had become almost amnesic; I was virtually unable to think.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Her face is hard again, her eyes baleful.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Spike looked at him balefully.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • One damn thing after another, I thought balefully.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The clerk at the window —a wan Chicana with scraped-back hair —began in a monotone to go down the long baleful list of them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Church regarded her with baleful yellow eyes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Marvin eyed him balefully for a moment, and then turned himself off.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in his grey eyes.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The frog on her hand croaked and looked at them with baleful eyes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Jared glared balefully at the old man, his eyes full of the shock and pain of the betrayed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • His pinky ring caught the lobby’s electric lights in a baleful sort of wink.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • But sliding down the ropes like baleful comets, the two Canallers rushed into the uproar, and sought to drag their man out of it towards the forecastle.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He was now become, to them, the most balefully interesting object they had ever looked upon, and they could not take their fascinated eyes from his face.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • They seemed to swarm over the place all at once, till the lamplight, shining on their moving dark bodies and glittering, baleful eyes, made the place look like a bank of earth set with fireflies.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ’Eh?’ said Mundungus, peering balefully at Harry through his matted ginger hair.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Many of the men sprang forward, officiously, to offer their services, either from the hope of the reward, or from that cringing subserviency which is one of the most baleful effects of slavery.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "I was saying, my dear, that you were clearly born under the baleful influence of Saturn," said Professor Trelawney, a faint note of resentment in her voice at the fact that he had obviously not been hanging on her words.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • As the dragon’s baleful eye fell upon him, Eragon knew that the creature was no mere apparition but a conscious being bound and sustained by magic.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The newborn shot a baleful glare at Jane, her lips pressed tightly together.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He backed against a wall, his eyes lowered in a baleful glare.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • SALINAS HAD TWO GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, big yellow structures with tall windows, and the windows were baleful and the doors did not smile.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • General Dreedle ignored him completely, turning away from him in baleful scorn to hand Yossarian his medal in its case.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Late in the afternoon he and Ron escaped Hermione’s baleful presence again and under the pretense of scouring the bare hedges for nonexistent blackberries, they continued their ongoing exchange of news.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • But when the occasion presented itself, there was suddenly seen to emerge from all this shadow, as from an ambuscade, a narrow and angular forehead, a baleful glance, a threatening chin, enormous hands, and a monstrous cudgel.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Apollo turned away to rest in Pergamos, upon the height, while baleful Ares through the ranks of Trojans made his way to stiffen them.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I have but an indistinct idea of what happened for some time after this baleful object presented itself to my view.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Then he turned toward the company: his gentle manner changed, and baleful lightnings began to play from his eyes.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Could you let me in on , Then it came, it came at once, the way all the really ideas came, rounded and smooth and utterly persuasive in its baleful perfection.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The grey-ey’d morn smiles on the frowning night, Chequering the eastern clouds with streaks of light; And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels From forth day’s path and Titan’s fiery wheels: Non, ere the sun advance his burning eye, The day to cheer and night’s dank dew to dry, I must up-fill this osier cage of ours With baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Frodo and Sam, horror-stricken, began slowly to back away, their own gaze held by the dreadful stare of those baleful eyes; but as they backed so the eyes advanced.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Whatever the motivation, Rene was not about to challenge the baleful veteran.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Then Rebecca’s twinkling green eyes and baleful smile lighted upon her, and filled her with dismay.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But his doom Reserved him to more wrath; for now the thought Both of lost happiness and lasting pain Torments him: round he throws his baleful eyes, That witnessed huge affliction and dismay, Mixed with obdurate pride and steadfast hate.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
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