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at first glance

 and at first blush
when first examined; at an early stage. At first glance, the problem appeared quite simple. Later we learned just how complex it really was. He appeared quite healthy at first glance. At first blush, she appeared to be quite old.
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at first glance

when first looked at At first glance the deal looked great, but after reading the contract I wasn't so sure. The twins seem, at first glance, very similar, but they're actually very different.
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at first glance/sight

if something or someone seems a particular way at first glance, they seem that way when you first look at them The system is more complicated than it appears at first glance.
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at first glance

On initial consideration: At first glance the plan seemed unworkable.
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Dissonant at first glance, Poelzig's work--industrial buildings before World War I; the expressive, fantastic forms such as the Grosses Schauspielhaus in Berlin (1919); the stage sets made between 1920 and 1923; and, finally, the more economically executed and functional residential and office projects of "Studio Poelzig," which he ran with his second wife, Marlene, in the '20s--defies any facile categorization.
AT first glance, it's easy to dismiss as NIMBYs the West Hills residents who are complaining about a local development.
Whether an awkward moment, personality clash or just a train wreck at first glance, it's the experience that defines the darker side of the dating game.
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At first glance, these works look like American Scene pictures, neoregionalist images of small-town America.
At first glance, each strand resembles a tangled braid.
At first glance, the northern extremes of Canada and the southern reaches of Argentina have little in common except their remoteness.
At first glance, the sharp decrease in homicides and rapes - down 66.
At first glance, Pam Lins's plywood sculptures look like exercises in medium-scale art-school carpentry, but soon they click into familiarity, like fragments of a recurring dream, then slowly relax into intriguing, elusive, odd yet plain forms that appear simultaneously fragmented and perfectly serf-contained.
At first glance, the decline in AGN emission still wouldn't seem to account for the X-ray background, which takes a nosedive at a lower energy.
What appears at first glance like intricate ornamental background turns out to he a carefully constructed system of connections, which keep the silhouettes from falling into separate bits.
At first glance, ``Purple Majesty'' looks like it came out of an Iowa corn field, except that it has dark purple foliage.
At first glance, that identification wouldn't seem to link meteorites with main-belt asteroids, since (3103) 1982BB does not now reside in the belt.
At first glance, visitors are immediately drawn to this awe-inspiring Alpine setting.
What at first glance look like classical studies for paintings turns out, within the rigorous framework of Lienbacher's work, to be variations on her central theme, namely, the ideal body and its discipline.