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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: squint (of the eyes) 'looking in different directions' (16-21 centuries), from asquint 'across, obliquely' (13-19 centuries)

squint

1 verb
     
squint1 [intransitive]
1 to look at something with your eyes partly closed in order to see better:
Anna squinted in the sudden bright sunlight.
squint at
Stop squinting at the screen - put your glasses on.
2 [not in progressive] British EnglishMI to have each eye looking in a slightly different direction
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