One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
2When seen or considered briefly and for the first time.‘good news, at first glance, for frequent travellers’
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 appearancesView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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