look the part

look the part

To look especially suited to something, especially a particular line of work. It turns out he's a hugely successful financial investor, but he really doesn't look the part!
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look the part

COMMON If someone looks the part, they dress or behave in the way that is characteristic of a particular kind of person. You look the part of an English gentleman, so people trust you. Friends say he was in the Foreign Legion. He certainly looks the part: his hair is cut very short and he has a deep wound above his left eye. Note: This probably comes from the idea of an actor wearing a costume that suited the role or part that they were playing.
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look the part

have an appearance or style of dress appropriate to a particular role or situation (even if not being actually very well suited to it).
2005 Scotland on Sunday Sharapova meanwhile was having problems of her own. Dressed to kill in a gold trimmed dress with gold trimmed and spangly shoes, she looked the part even if her game did not let her act it.
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look/dress the ˈpart

have an appearance or wear clothes that are suitable for a particular job, position, etc: I think Tim Evans should play Robin Hood. He really looks the part.He’s a funny kind of bank manager; he doesn’t dress the part at all.
See also: dress, look, part
References in classic literature ?
Fagin had no fear but that he would look the part to perfection.
Secondly, because I am not so vain as to think that I look the part.
Bodnant staff Hayley Roberts, Sophie |Cough, Debbie Thomas, Eileen Tansy and Gemma Williams look the part, Leo Page with brother Luca (top left) and entertainer Chris Williams with sisters Amie and Alex Sephton PICS: MIKE DEAN |Cough, Debbie Thomas, Eileen Tansy and Gemma Williams look the part, Leo Page with brother Luca (top left) and entertainer Chris Williams with sisters Amie and Alex Sephton PICS: MIKE DEAN
1], over 40% of Millennial Acura buyers stated that improving their image was the main reason for purchasing a luxury vehicle, so AFS is building off Acura's aspirational appeal with its 2015 College Graduate campaign: Look the Part.
Killer Queen's "John" however didn't look the part, but he kept the band tight on the drums, just like the original.
Welcome to the real world where people in positions of responsibility are expected to look the part.
Based at the Living Room on Newcastle's Grey Street, organisers want people to donate their old suits, which will then be handed out to the city's homeless, disadvantaged and long-term unemployed, who cannot afford to buy a new suit to look the part in job interviews.
TIME TRAVEL: Wartime dinner dance guests look the part
He says it's all so he and his friends look the part when they go skating through the city.
Britney is battling to look the part to perform her latest saucy songs, including Hot As Ice, from her new album Blackout.
WHEN Dave Adey landed the role of Daddy Warbucks in a production of Annie, he decided he would look the part.
They look the part, too, especially pretty bassist Sarah Epstein, who had a huge tattoo on her forearm.
Eric Frederic, as Romeo in Annapolis, did look the part but was tepid in his love for Emmanuelle Grizot's rather mature Juliet.
Yes, people want to feel healthy and young, but they also want to look the part also.
BUDDING Harry Robinsons will now look the part at Pentyrch RFC thanks to Principality Building Society and full-back Sam Fenton.