first impression


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first impression

The initial, introductory evaluation upon meeting a person, encountering something, or experiencing a situation for the first time. I had a bad first impression of the job when, on my very first day, the boss humiliated me in front of everyone in the office. I didn't have a great first impression of Steve, but we ended up becoming very close friends.
See also: first, impression
References in classic literature ?
My first impression was a very strong one," repeated the prince.
It will be a first impression, and first impressions are always unbiased, unprejudiced, fresh, vivid.
Villefort's first impression was favorable; but he had been so often warned to mistrust first impulses, that he applied the maxim to the impression, forgetting the difference between the two words.
My first impression as I opened the door was that a fire had broken out, for the room was so filled with smoke that the light of the lamp upon the table was blurred by it.
His height was probably five feet ten inches, or ten and a half; but my first impression, or feel of the man, was not of this, but of his strength.
Laura has preserved, far more perfectly than most people do in later life, the child's subtle faculty of knowing a friend by instinct, and if I am right in assuming that her first impression of Count Fosco has not been favourable, I for one am in some danger of doubting and distrusting that illustrious foreigner before I have so much as set eyes on him.
I chanced to push aside a branch, and by so doing suddenly disclosed to my view a scene which even now I can recall with all the vividness of the first impression.
Without doubt, the report of those who had accompanied the French gentleman established the discretion with which he had behaved, for the first impression the stranger received of the welcome made him by the general was more favorable than he could have expected at such a moment, and on the part of so suspicious a man.
This and a bellowing, roaring, rumbling voice made up my first impression of the notorious Professor Challenger.
Yet he would not let me go; and presently he confirmed my suspicion, no less than my first impression of his delightful frankness and cordiality, by candidly telling me what was on his mind.
d'Artagnan, that with such an eye as yours, you did not, at the first glance, at the first impression, discover what sort of man I am?
She remembered her first impression of his hands and glanced quickly at the hands of the man beside her.
Will you let me know what intelligence you have of this poor child: allowing me to promise that I exhausted every means in my power of discovering him, and that since I have been absent from this country, my first impression that he had imposed upon me, and had been persuaded by his former associates to rob me, has been considerably shaken.
Mr Brass's first impression was, that his host was gone and had left him there alone--perhaps locked him in for the night.
Cavendish gave me some tea, and her few quiet remarks heightened my first impression of her as a thoroughly fascinating woman.