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eye-rolling Syllabification: eye-roll·ing

Definition of eye-rolling in English:


The action of rolling one’s eyes, typically as an expression of exasperation, disbelief, or disapproval: there’s been plenty of eye-rolling and head-shaking over the pronouncements
More example sentences
  • "This'll have to do, I guess," I said theatrically, all sighs and eye-rolling.
  • He welcomed eye-rolling from onlooking reporters.
  • Permission for eye-rolling granted.


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Causing someone to roll their eyes in exasperation, disbelief, or disapproval: the lines are delivered with eye-rolling attempts at whimsy and satire
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  • During the discussion about me adapting to the therapist's suggestions, my wife made an eye-rolling remark about me being reluctant to change.
  • You missed the latest in a series of obtuse, eye-rolling interviews by the high school cheerleading squad that calls itself the news media.
  • It's one of the great eye-rolling moments of life in New York: as subway riders try to jam onto a crowded train at rush hour, the conductor makes an announcement telling them to stay on the platform because "there's another train right behind this one."



Example sentences
  • Besides the snipey (though often clever) captions aimed at celebrity fashion faux pas, surgery mishaps and social gaffes, and the occasional writerly witticism, most mag content verges on the too serious or eye-rollingly earnest.
  • One of the many reasons I enjoy his show is because - to put it in eye-rollingly pretentious terms - he has grasped the redefinition of the information stream.
  • It's invariably going to be some eye-rollingly awful piece of quasi-mystical silliness.

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