An allusion to a look being so fierce as to be able to injure the person looked at like a dagger.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌlʊk ˈdæɡəz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌlʊk ˈdæɡɚz/
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- Hyphenation: look dag‧gers
- (intransitive) Often followed by at: to stare in a disapproving, severe, or threatening manner, especially without speaking.
- 1835, [Washington Irving], “Abbotsford”, in Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey (The Crayon Miscellany; no. 2), Philadelphia, Pa.: [Henry Charles] Carey, [Isaac] Lea, & Blanchard, OCLC 2031450, pages 40–41:
- Before him set the grim baron, with a face worthy of the father of such a daughter, and looking daggers and rat's bane.
to stare in a disapproving, severe, or threatening manner