Definition of looking glass in English:

looking glass


  • 1A mirror.

    ‘she stared at her reflection in the looking glass’
    • ‘Cate opened her eyes and avoided looking into the looking glass placed before her.’
    • ‘Janet looks into her looking glass, practising a number of reflections for a public audience.’
    • ‘But in the end, when we gaze into the looking glass, we are interested in the reflections mainly because they are ours.’
    • ‘The mahogany-veneered looking glass of about 1780 is either English or American.’
    • ‘The reflection of her husband appeared behind her in the looking glass.’
    • ‘I was happy with my success and handed her a small looking glass, which she looked into.’
    • ‘Glaring at his reflection in the looking glass over his bed he shook his head again, gentler this time.’
    • ‘She was sure her friend was about to leave but instead she popped up beside her, her reflection of beauty next to Taylor's in the looking glass.’
    • ‘Gifts of a pair of scissors or a looking glass were made to the caciques or village headmen from time to time to keep them friendly.’
    • ‘I saw a bunch of people gyrate with pillows in front of a huge looking glass: dance practice, they call it.’
    • ‘Frankie was to blame for all of this, the one looking back at me through the looking glass.’
    • ‘One would expect brilliant reflections in a looking glass owned by the marquise and depicted by Boucher, not murky half-lights.’
    • ‘I have only seen one other face, besides the one I see when I gaze into the looking glass, who has those eyes, and that would be my mother.’
    • ‘Cate stared silently into the looking glass, not quite believing that it was her own reflection she was seeing.’
    • ‘She leaned closer to the looking glass, touching her reflection with her fingertips.’
    • ‘Standing in front of a looking glass he examined himself.’
    • ‘He carelessly hid the looking glass he was carrying.’
    • ‘When all was ready, Fay looked herself over in the looking glass.’
    • ‘Staring up, he caught his own reflection in the looking glass.’
    • ‘Yet the book is ultimately impenetrable; one of its key motifs is the convex mirror, and it is as cold and unyielding as the surface of a looking glass.’
    reflector, reflecting surface
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    1. 1.1as modifier Opposite to what is normal or expected.
      ‘looking-glass logic’
      • ‘America's restorationist revolution led to a looking-glass system of politics in which progress and retrogression, left and right, were jumbled, just as they were in the initial stages of the French Revolution.’
      • ‘The entire article is definitely worth a read, if only for a view into the strange goings on in the looking-glass world of our legal system.’
      • ‘Somewhere lost in the looking-glass world of mirrored skyscrapers you'll also come across a few colonial buildings.’
      • ‘The dramatist's vision of the south is of a looking-glass world where those with aristocratic pretensions are in relentless decline while the people with the land and wealth belong to the ranks of the ‘vulgar’ nouveau-riche.’
      • ‘At the same time he has fallen out with the old left over their ‘pure opposition’ on the matter which ‘led into the trap of looking-glass politics.’’
      • ‘His looking-glass view of the world has been irremediably distorted by his academic background, which has focussed on the existence of market failures.’
      • ‘In the looking-glass world in which we now live, good is decried as evil and evil is praised as good.’
      • ‘Germany is a looking-glass land for rockers, a place to slip personae and assume new guises.’
      • ‘The impulse to look to artwork for an autonomous, looking-glass reality may not exist in the minds of all contemporary critics, but it is wound up in the history of art reception as well as the current artistic practice of many artists.’
      • ‘In the looking-glass world of big corporates we treat important things differently.’
      • ‘Many white liberals who caught the fever of the ‘New Negro Renaissance’ had to negotiate a looking-glass world in which they were the minority.’
      • ‘That is why we in the west have been living in a looking-glass world.’
      • ‘It is a kind of moral idiocy: the greatest defender of freedom on the planet, enjoying the freest institutions, seeking its moral yardstick in the looking-glass values of a corrupt, perverse institutional relic.’
      • ‘The strangest place in this looking-glass world is where we stand looking into it but fail to see ourselves mirrored there, glimpsing instead the strangeness of our origins.’
      • ‘And in the looking-glass world of cheap credit, that's by no means clear.’


looking glass

/ˈlʊkɪŋ ˌɡlɑːs/