Definition of looking glass in US English:

looking glass


  • 1A mirror.

    ‘she stared at her reflection in the looking glass’
    • ‘The reflection of her husband appeared behind her in the looking glass.’
    • ‘One would expect brilliant reflections in a looking glass owned by the marquise and depicted by Boucher, not murky half-lights.’
    • ‘The mahogany-veneered looking glass of about 1780 is either English or American.’
    • ‘Janet looks into her looking glass, practising a number of reflections for a public audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Standing in front of a looking glass he examined himself.’
    • ‘She leaned closer to the looking glass, touching her reflection with her fingertips.’
    • ‘Staring up, he caught his own reflection in the looking glass.’
    • ‘When all was ready, Fay looked herself over in the looking glass.’
    • ‘I saw a bunch of people gyrate with pillows in front of a huge looking glass: dance practice, they call it.’
    • ‘He carelessly hid the looking glass he was carrying.’
    • ‘But in the end, when we gaze into the looking glass, we are interested in the reflections mainly because they are ours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frankie was to blame for all of this, the one looking back at me through the looking glass.’
    • ‘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 opened her eyes and avoided looking into the looking glass placed before her.’
    • ‘Glaring at his reflection in the looking glass over his bed he shook his head again, gentler this time.’
    • ‘I was happy with my success and handed her a small looking glass, which she looked into.’
    • ‘Cate stared silently into the looking glass, not quite believing that it was her own reflection she was seeing.’
    • ‘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 Being or involving the opposite of what is normal or expected.
      ‘looking-glass logic’
      ‘a looking-glass land’
      • ‘Germany is a looking-glass land for rockers, a place to slip personae and assume new guises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That is why we in the west have been living in a looking-glass world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Somewhere lost in the looking-glass world of mirrored skyscrapers you'll also come across a few colonial buildings.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His looking-glass view of the world has been irremediably distorted by his academic background, which has focussed on the existence of market failures.’
      • ‘And in the looking-glass world of cheap credit, that's by no means clear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the looking-glass world of big corporates we treat important things differently.’
      • ‘In the looking-glass world in which we now live, good is decried as evil and evil is praised as good.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’


looking glass

/ˈlʊkɪŋ ˌɡlæs//ˈlo͝okiNG ˌɡlas/