One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stare at someone disapprovingly or angrily, especially with one's eyelids partially lowered.
- ‘And he pushed me aside and said to one of the girls, a tall leggy brunette who'd always been giving him the hairy eyeball: ‘You show her!’’
- ‘He was talking about giving someone the hairy eyeball in the same way you would give someone a venereal disease.’
- ‘It was where you were discussing the joys of nursing and referred to giving a woman giving her baby a bottle 'the hairy eyeball.'’
- ‘Well, she had changed, she had an address that wasn't a motel room and a permanent somebody in her life, and it had been a long time since she'd caught any store clerks giving her the hairy eyeball in the shoplifting mirrors.’
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