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’
    • ‘Maybe he was older than he looked at first glance in the dark, and possibly drunk?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A grotesque formation vase catches the attention of guests at first glance.’
    • ‘Some hotels, for example, can, at first glance, still seem locked in the 1950s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What may seem odd and unstructured at first glance, he insists, will soon seem fun and spontaneous.’
    • ‘But it is not the huge caricature the townies would take it for at first glance.’
    • ‘It looked very tough at first glance but when I worked out what they were looking for, I settled down.’
    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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