Used by some in my place of work as a colloquialism for a disapproving or skeptical attitude toward something.

Jane was giving Jack the "hairy eyeball".


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the OED reveals:

hairy eyeball n. slang (orig. and chiefly U.S.) a look given with narrowed eyes; esp. one indicating hostility or disapproval; frequently in to give the hairy eyeball.

As in:

1961 Reno (Nevada) Evening Gaz. 11 Nov. 2/2 ‘He gave me the hairy eyeball.’ That meant he liked her.

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