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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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  • "This is a song I wrote when I was eight" says the swivel-eyed frontman before howling something decidedly avant-garde, his face and legs vibrating like he's being tasered.
  • The knowledge that he doesn't actually indulge in any stimulants at all makes his swivel-eyed enthusiasm all the more enjoyable.
  • 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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  • When you come to the world of weblogs for the first time you will probably find to your horror that they are written by foul-mouthed illiterates, self-obsessed juveniles (of all ages), assorted bigots and swivel-eyed fruitcakes.
  • As a shop steward, he developed a reputation for militancy, although he denies affiliation with the ultra-Left, and objects to being caricatured as one of those swivel-eyed Trots of myth.
  • Meanwhile, those who favour a referendum on the EU, or tougher prison terms, or flat taxes or a much smaller state are derided as "swivel-eyed".
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