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1Having an unhealthy appearance:‘an assortment of ill-looking characters were already waiting for the surgery to open’
- ‘The child is particularly ill-looking during the first days of the rash.’
- ‘It was ill-looking and its eyes looked bloodshot but it kept on desperately digging.’
- ‘Naturally slim is one thing, ill looking is quite another.’
- ‘She saw his expression change as he heard her carefully worded reply; he turned first red and then an ill-looking pale shade.’
- ‘Pictures of stick-thin, actually quite ill-looking young women are plastered everywhere.’
- ‘On Saturday morning a neighbour discovered a thin and ill-looking cat resembling the once-plump Brandy in his back garden and alerted Mrs Perkins' daughter.’
- ‘The high pace and the rough weather conditions made the field crumble and an ill-looking Bradley Wiggins was defeated on the flat road headed towards the finish line.’
- ‘Emma looks terrible, so drawn and ill looking.’
- ‘Two of the horses stood with their heads down; ribs striped their ill-looking flanks.’
2Not pleasing to look at: unattractive:‘he was not ill-looking though he was not really handsome either’
- ‘William is an amiable fellow, and not ill-looking either.’
- ‘The city presented, at first view, nothing but a mass of ill-looking houses, built of earth.’
- ‘"Well, yes, she is not ill-looking," Harbury admitted grudgingly.’
- ‘My aunt was a tall, hard-featured lady, but by no means ill-looking.’
- ‘It's a dark, dirty, black ill-looking square.’
- ‘You are not precisely handsome, but you are not ill looking, and you have impeccable family connections.’
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