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scru•ti•ny(ˈskrut n i)
n., pl. -nies.
See Also: INTENSITY
- Approach [society section of Sunday paper] like a lapidopterist advances on butterflies —Shana Alexander
- [A maitre d’] bent over (his guest list) like a conductor studying a score —Jonathan Valin
- Carefully surveyed the living room and, like an auctioneer brought in for appraisal, every object it contained —Richard Russo
- Examine [a face] as though it were a portrait in a public gallery —Ella Leffland
- Examine like a customs inspector —Anon
- Examine like a job hunter finecombs the employment ads or a New York apartment hunter finecombs the real estate ads —Anon
- Examine like a monkey picking fleas —Mike Sommer
- Examine with care, like a horse player eyeing the “Racing Form” —Shana Alexander
- Examine with care of diamond dealer examining a rare stone —Anon
- Explore [feelings] … like someone trying to locate a hollow tooth —Lawrence Durrell
- His scrutiny was like a well that pulled on you, making you eager to find your own face in the depths down there —Hortense Calisher
- Investigate … like a burglar twirling the dial of a well-constructed safe, listening for the locks to click and reveal the combination —Mary McCarthy
- Like a traveller in unfamiliar regions she began to store for future guidance the minutest natural signs —Edith Wharton
- Look at as does an experienced fish at a purchased fly —Gregory McDonald
- Looking at it [a letter] as if it were a code in need of breaking —Graham Swift
- (Should be) noted with care like the names of places passed on an important journey —John McGahern
- Peered around [the room] like a hungry toad —Harold Adams
- Pore over … like a Little-Leaguer entranced by a pack of baseball cards —Jill Ciment
- Pore over like possessed students of cabalist text —Joseph Weizenbaum
Weizenbaum’s simile referred to the computer enthusiast’s intense absorption.
- Prodding [in search of something] like a great bird rummaging for seed —Edith Wharton
- Read their faces like texts and their gestures like punctuation marks —Helen Hudson
The character thus studying faces in the novel, Criminal Trespass, is not surprisingly, a librarian. The description of the gestures the librarian studies includes another simile: “The way they … yank down the volumes and riffle the contents like the Yellow Pages.”
- Scrutinize as if he were a new character in a soap opera —Bobbie Ann Mason
- Scrutinized … with the air of an epicure examining a fly in his vichyssoise —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Studied Barksdale’s face, openly, like a man taking inventory —Paige Mitchell
- Studies me like a teacher trying to decide how to discipline an unruly student —W. P. Kinsella
- Study [a trip schedule] as though it were a pack of Tarot cards in some tricky configuration —Sue Grafton
- Studying him like a culture —William Mcllvanney
- Surveyed [books] like a guard with his flashlight making the midnight rounds —Elizabeth Hardwick
- Being watched like a rabbit in a laboratory —Willa Cather
- Watching people, probing like a dentist into their innermost thoughts —Ivan Turgenev
- Went through everything … like detectives after fingerprints [describing antiques dealers] —Edith Wharton
|Noun||1.||scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)|
audit - a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation; "he made an audit of all the plants on his property"; "an energy efficiency audit"; "an email log audit"
autopsy, necropsy, PM, postmortem examination, post-mortem examination, postmortem, post-mortem - an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
checkup, health check, medical, medical checkup, medical exam, medical examination - a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
comparing, comparison - the act of examining resemblances; "they made a comparison of noise levels"; "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"
fine-tooth comb, fine-toothed comb - a method of examining in minute detail; "he went over the contract with a fine-tooth comb looking for loopholes"
reexamination, review, followup, follow-up - a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment
going-over - a careful and thorough inspection
ophthalmoscopy - examination of the interior of an eye using an ophthalmoscope
palpation, tactual exploration - a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional)
endoscopy - visual examination of the interior of a hollow body organ by use of an endoscope
gonioscopy - an examination of the front part of the eye to check the angle where the iris meets the cornea; it is used to distinguish between open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma
keratoscopy - examination of the cornea with a keratoscope to detect irregularities in its anterior surface
rhinoscopy - examination of the nasal passages (either through the anterior nares or with a rhinoscope through the nasopharynx)
scan - the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region; "he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars"
search - boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of search"
testing - an examination of the characteristics of something; "there are laboratories for commercial testing"; "it involved testing thousands of children for smallpox"
motion study, time and motion study, time study, time-and-motion study, time-motion study, work study - an analysis of a specific job in an effort to find the most efficient method in terms of time and effort
inspection, review - a formal or official examination; "the platoon stood ready for review"; "we had to wait for the inspection before we could use the elevator"
bank examination - an examination of the affairs and records of a bank by a state or federal bank examiner
|2.||scrutiny - a prolonged intense look|
scrutiny[ˈskruːtɪnɪ] N (= examination) → examen m detallado (Pol) [of votes] → escrutinio m, recuento m
under the scrutiny of sb → bajo la mirada de algn
under his scrutiny she felt nervous → bajo su mirada se sintió nerviosa
to keep sb under close scrutiny → vigilar a algn de cerca
to submit sth to a close scrutiny → someter algo a un detallado or cuidadoso examen
it does not stand up to scrutiny → no resiste un examen
They want to make citizenship and immigration issues subject to the scrutiny of the European Parliament → Ils veulent soumettre les questions de citoyenneté et d'immigration à l'examen du Parlement européen.
to come under scrutiny → se retrouver sous les projecteurs
to be under scrutiny → être sous les projecteurs
They're under media scrutiny → Ils sont sous les projecteurs de l'actualité.
to be under scrutiny by sb → être sous les projecteurs de qn
His role is again under scrutiny by human rights organizations → Son rôle est une nouvelle fois sous les projecteurs des organisations de défense des droits de l'homme.
public scrutiny → examen public