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swivel-eyed Line breaks: swivel-eyed

Definition of swivel-eyed in English:


British informal
1Rotating the eyes wildly, especially in a way regarded as indicative of frenzy: Hortensio reacts with swivel-eyed panic
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  • Whenever an actor is asked to slip into a toga he sees it as an excuse to go all swivel-eyed and bonkers.
  • Without going overboard on the bent-backed, swivel-eyed cackling often brought to the character, his Fagin is believably unscrupulous and self-serving.
  • He looked even more swivel-eyed and unshaven than usual.
1.1Holding or expressing political views regarded as extreme or fanatical: a swivel-eyed loon banging on about the Magna Carta
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  • It is not just swivel-eyed market zealots who realise the importance of trade.
  • William Wilberforce's obsession with ending the slave trade was viewed as swivel-eyed by the establishment of his day.
  • Doubtless, they looked upon those opposed to the creation of a common judicial area in Europe as swivel-eyed Europhobes.

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