Definition of at first glance in English:

at first glance


  • 1

    see glance
  • 2When seen or considered briefly and for the first time.

    ‘good news, at first glance, for frequent travellers’
    • ‘It looked very tough at first glance but when I worked out what they were looking for, I settled down.’
    • ‘Maybe he was older than he looked at first glance in the dark, and possibly drunk?’
    • ‘As would be expected, however, there is much more going on within the picture than is apparent at first glance.’
    • ‘This seems to offer little guidance at first glance, however some common ground is starting to emerge.’
    • ‘Some hotels, for example, can, at first glance, still seem locked in the 1950s.’
    • ‘A grotesque formation vase catches the attention of guests at first glance.’
    • ‘But it is not the huge caricature the townies would take it for at first glance.’
    • ‘Her clever collage and striking photographs are, at first glance, simple and beautiful.’
    • ‘This difference, which seems subtle at first glance, is actually quite dramatic.’
    • ‘What may seem odd and unstructured at first glance, he insists, will soon seem fun and spontaneous.’
    on the face of it, on the surface, at first sight, to the casual eye, to all appearances, to go by appearances, to judge by appearances
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