Definition of at first blush in English:

at first blush

phrase

  • At the first glimpse or impression:

    ‘his next decision was at first blush disconcerting’
    • ‘Now, of course, the American public, as I think probably reacting fairly intelligently, putting it into a larger context, and does not seem at first blush to be absolutely taken aback and shocked.’
    • ‘So when talking to your kids, try to avoid these sneaky references to guns and ammunition, no matter how far fetched the link seems at first blush.’
    • ‘But at first blush, we can see that there are numerous regulations that would come under your umbrella in terms of how you deal with officers who are complained about, in terms of the statutory provisions and procedure.’
    • ‘The odd thing is that the language differences the researchers discovered would seem, at first blush, to be rather benign.’
    • ‘The text works and the rest of the show seem at first blush quite separate to one another but it was when we thought of how the images were made that it all came together.’
    • ‘It can indeed be rational to be resentful of, say, the cosmic pay scales of CEOs, or the passing on of massive inherited wealth - even if these don't appear at first blush to be any of your business.’
    • ‘But in the days that followed the massacre, it became clear that this violent event, however random it seemed at first blush, was not entirely unpredictable.’
    • ‘However, to lay people symptoms of arsenic poisoning would appear at first blush to be a simple case of cardiac failure.’
    • ‘It's not as radical as what it may seem at first blush.’
    • ‘His trick to gain confidence is to be so brutally forthcoming about his own personal and professional failings that his claims about the wrongdoings of others seem, at first blush, worth investigating.’
    • ‘All this is pertinent to today's headlines, for a reason that may, at first blush, seem paradoxical.’
    • ‘He said, at first blush, it didn't seem there was much to it.’
    • ‘The kind of universal electoral process you describe sounds wonderful at first blush and I might even consider voting for such a system.’
    • ‘The dancer in front of us was, at first blush, normal enough for a goth club.’
    • ‘This, too, seems to make perfect sense at first blush; but the important question in philosophy is what is done with such claims - what further claims they are used to support.’
    • ‘As contradictory as this might seem at first blush, American political journalists have relatively little access to information about what is going on at any given moment.’
    • ‘Well, at first blush, I would say that is reckless and negligent and destructive of innocent human life - potentially destructive of innocent human life.’
    • ‘Without knowing more about the case it's difficult to comment on it accurately but it might seem at first blush to demonstrate that the law is skewed in favour of the burglar rather than the burgled.’
    • ‘She continued, ‘It certainly looks to the court, at first blush, that this was a deliberate concealment of information.’’
    • ‘Well, nobody's comfortable at first blush with the notion of not divulging everything.’