American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having keen vision.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Keen-eyed; very sharp-sighted; given to watching or peering into small matters.
- adj. Having piercing eyes, sharp-sighted.
“But for all her gimlet-eyed calculation, Perry packs more wit and charisma into her eyelash extensions than most pop stars manage in a career.”
“The gimlet-eyed joke is that Madeleine has become enamored of a book that is designed to undermine that feeling.”
“They are very conservative, and as we all know, they have a gimlet-eyed view of government.”
“As two very different ingénues battle it out for the lead, a brassy veteran chorine (Megan Hilty, a true Broadway veteran) and a newbie from Iowa with heart (American Idol's Katharine McPhee), Smash at times evokes Bob Fosse's classic All That Jazz in its gimlet-eyed, gamy yet irrepressibly fabulous and tuneful valentine to the business of show biz.”
“But his integrity, to say nothing of his sanity, is under constant challenge from the competing demands of an exuberant multinational staff, a gimlet-eyed hotel management, and business partners with whom he is secretly planning a move to a restaurant of his own.”
“On this basis alone, men fear a woman tottering towards them at the beginning of an evening, already gimlet-eyed with toe pain, and sitting down to eat with old-lady sigh.”
“This gimlet-eyed memoir is Joan Didion's meticulous chronicle of the harrowing year following the death of her husband of 40 years, the writer John Gregory Dunne, who died of a heart attack at their dinner table.”
“His Hoover is more to be censured than pitied, an obsessive-compulsive creep with the vocal rhythms of a ball-peen hammer and a gimlet-eyed gift for blackmail.”
“It isn't about numbers, be they player stats or the staggering sums spent by top-tier franchises, even though the story seems at first to be asking us to root for the gimlet-eyed statistician, rather than the sharp-eyed pitcher or batter; for data, rather than intuition; for the cool satisfactions of science, rather than the fevered romance of sport.”
“Painter Alice Neel "remained unflinching, gimlet-eyed" in old age, and before she died "she trained her gaze - in one of her last portraits - on her own old naked body.”
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