squinting modifier
noun Date: 1924 a modifier (as often in “getting dressed often is a nuisance”) so placed in a sentence that it can be interpreted as modifying either what precedes or what follows

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • squinting modifier — Gram. a word or phrase that can modify either the words that precede it or those that follow, as frequently in the sentence Studying frequently is tedious. Also called squinting construction. * * * …   Universalium

  • squinting modifier — Gram. a word or phrase that can modify either the words that precede it or those that follow, as frequently in the sentence Studying frequently is tedious. Also called squinting construction …   Useful english dictionary

  • squinting — ☆ squinting [skwintiŋ ] adj. Gram. designating a modifier, as an adverb, that can be interpreted as modifying either the preceding or the following part of the construction in which it appears (Ex.: often in “those who lie often are found out”);… …   Universalium

  • squinting — ☆ squinting [skwintiŋ ] adj. Gram. designating a modifier, as an adverb, that can be interpreted as modifying either the preceding or the following part of the construction in which it appears (Ex.: often in “those who lie often are found out”);… …   English World dictionary

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