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adjective & adverb
Directed to or from one side; sideways.[as adjective] ‘Steve gave her a sidelong glance’[as adverb] ‘he looked sidelong at her with a quick smile’
indirectly, obliquely, sideways, out of the corner of one's eyesurreptitiously, furtively, covertly, slylyaskanceindirect, oblique, sideways, sideward, sidesurreptitious, furtive, covert, slyView synonyms
- ‘Other diners in the cafeteria cast sidelong glances as they hear his Québécois accent decry the injustices of the street.’
- ‘We climbed the stairs, and when arrived in the kitchen, realised in a sidelong glance, that we had both blushed.’
- ‘Vicki cast him a sidelong glance and noticed the angry look on his face.’
- ‘Teddy sent Christopher a sidelong glance and then fully faced him as he set the sketches on Christopher's desk.’
- ‘A lot of sidelong glances and knowing looks were passed around when people thought we weren't looking.’
- ‘They'd asked how I was, expressed their shock, but under that there was the fidgeting, the sidelong glances.’
- ‘When he felt her sidelong glance, he cleared his throat and forced a smile as he met her somewhat dark blue eyes.’
- ‘They filed past, meriting hardly a sidelong glance from the fielders.’
- ‘Rebecca gave Lydia a sidelong glance that could be interpreted as a glare.’
- ‘Shamus could feel his ears turning bright red, and a sidelong glance at Amber told him she was blushing just as much as he was.’
- ‘If you see sidelong glances, rolling eyes or other signs of distraction, it's time to stop talking.’
- ‘She gives me a sidelong glance from behind the white frames of her glasses.’
- ‘Mr. Lake intercepted Sara's sidelong glance and sent her a reassuring smile.’
- ‘I glanced sidelong at Brendan sitting next to me before exchanging a look with Josh across from me.’
- ‘Beside me, Lucas was shaking and I gave him a sidelong glance, only to find him silently laughing.’
- ‘He had to endure years of sidelong glances at the school gate.’
- ‘He would steal a sidelong glance here and there, though she never knew.’
- ‘She gave him a queer sidelong glance, and it seemed that her voice suddenly became too light, too careless.’
- ‘I did my best to ignore him, which wasn't easy since he kept sneaking sidelong glances at me and then pretending he hadn't been.’
- ‘For those of us who are dependent, we need support, not sidelong glances if we tell someone we're on narcotics.’
Late Middle English: alteration of earlier sideling, from side + the adverbial suffix -ling.
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