# Thread: Now we can have a squint.

1. ## Now we can have a squint.

Hello,

Can anybody explain to me what the writer means by we can have a squint? I do not think it means a physical squint of eyes in this context.

‘ Ready!’ said Bertie. ‘Now, for the Lord’s sake, still! Don’t twitch an eyelid!’
The experiment proceeded without hitch, Mr Meldrum, at intervals, exclaiming ‘Now!’ or ‘Ouch!’ and Bertie
thereupon desisting instantly from pushing in the pin. Finally Mr Spoade unclamped the vice and set his
prisoner free.
Now we can have a squint. But make it snappy. I’ve a lecture on at twelve.’
Bertie had taken an oblong of what seemed to be damp blotting-paper or papier mâché, patting and pressing
it delicately against the heads of the bonnet-pins, so that the pliant material, following their varying
distances from the cardboard wall, formed a sufficiently close ‘average’ approximation to the ideal surface
which the pins had point by point delimited. Having repeated this operation with the other ‘wall’, Mr Spoade
brought the two together, peered into the resulting mould, and burst into hysterical laughter. ‘Good Lord . .
. he, he! . . . It’s—it’s a snout—or else a bill . . . the Human Tapir, what? . . . If you—Hello!’

John Metcalfe, Mr. Meldrum´s Mania, 1925

Thanks a lot.

2. ## Re: Make a squint

I would guess it's a variation on take a look.

3. ## Re: Make a squint

It's used fairly commonly in BrE and does indeed mean "have/take a look".

Come here and have a squint at this.
Can I have a squint at the crossword in your paper?

It can be used to mean that you got a brief look at something too.

When he popped out of the room, I had a squint at his business plan but I quickly shut the folder when I heard him returning.

4. ## Re: Now we can have a squint.

I can't understand why you altered the wording of the sentence you were asking about.

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