on the face of it


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on the face of it

As it seems; superficially; based on what is known. Things seem to be improving on the face of it, but there is still a huge problem with crime in the inner city.
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on the face of it

Fig. superficially; from the way it looks. This looks like a serious problem on the face of it. It probably is minor, however. On the face of it, it seems worthless.
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on the face of it

Seemingly, based on available evidence, as in On the face of it this project should break even in six months. This idiom uses face in the sense of "a superficial view." [Early 1700s]
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on the face of it

COMMON You say on the face of it to describe how something seems at first, in order to suggest that people's opinion may change when they know or think more about the subject. On the face of it that seems to make sense. But the figures don't add up. It is, on the face of it, difficult to see how the West could radically change its position.
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on the face of it

without necessarily knowing all of the relevant facts; at first glance.
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on the ˈface of it

(informal) as something appears to you when you first look at or consider it, especially when your first impression may be or was wrong: On the face of it the pay offer looked wonderful, but in fact it wasn’t nearly as good as we thought.‘Well, what do you think of the new plans?’ ‘On the face of it, they look good but I think we need to look at them more closely.’
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on the face of it

From appearances alone; apparently: On the face of it, the problem seems minor.
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