- 1947, Robert Briffault, New life of Mr. Martin:
- '[If you think] I'm going to find a billet for a good-for-nothing unclassed bollox, you're mighty mistaken,' said he, looking up at me for the first time, squinting like a bag of nails. 'This is a shipping office, not a refuge for stray dogs.'
- 1996, Alan Garner, Strandloper:
- "'Arrah,' says I, 'do you squint like a bag of nails, that you can't see a man before you?'"
- "And I says, 'Hold your mag, frig pig,'" said Renter [...]
- 2005, Mary Lancaster, An Endless Exile, page 21:
- In his own language, he called out, “Where is she then, Rob? Is she hideous? Does she squint like a bag of nails? Does she screech like a shrew with toothache?” This time, the silence was definitely appalled – not least, I suspected, because there was more than a grain of truth in Hereward's unflattering description.
- 2008, Georgette Heyer, Regency Buck, page 230:
- Does she squint like a bag of nails? Is she hideous? They always are!'
- The Earl stood back.'You may judge for yourself,' he said dryly. 'Miss Taverner, little though he may have recommended himself to you, I must beg leave to present my brother, Captain Audley.'