Gimlet eye

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gimlet eye a squint-eye.
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

The gimlet eyes of the old miner fastened on the spot where in another moment his hoped-for rescuers would appear.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
He has eyes like gimlets!
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
He was willin' to talk about anything but the female with the gimlet eyes and the keen-cutter tongue.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
It lay, too, in the glitter of the cold eyes that gimleted mine sharply.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
He was an odd-looking, active little man of about fifty with keen blue eyes that bored into one like a gimlet.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Miss Cora looks you through with a gimlet eye.
"Billie Bradley at Three Towers Hall" by Janet D. Wheeler
The general's gimlet eyes seemed to bore through her.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
You can't keep anything away from these gimlet-eyed scientists.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
She was very upright, and she had eyes that went through you like blue gimlets.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
His eyes bored like steel gimlets into those of his enemy.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
***

In news:

Governments must take a gimlet-eyed look.
He called it "The Gimlet Eye," which had nothing to do with that gin and lime concoction that some people apparently drink when champagne is not available.
Yet Audi Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn ought to cast a gimlet eye out toward Asia.
***