by/from the look of it/things

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by the look(s) of it/things

Based on how something appears or seems to be. By the looks of it, she hasn't been to work all week—I mean, her desk is totally covered in unopened mail. The detective said that, by the looks of things, she is probably hiding out somewhere.
See also: by, of, thing

from the look(s) of it/things

Based on how something appears or seems to be. From the looks of it, she hasn't been to work all week—I mean, her desk is totally covered in unopened mail. The detective said that, from the looks of things, she is probably hiding out somewhere.
See also: of, thing

by/from the ˈlook(s) of it/things

(informal) judging from the way things seem to be: From the look of it, there’s going to be another war.By the looks of things, we’re going to be late.
See also: by, look, of, thing
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They would stop the winter fuel payments and by the look of things we would be put to work cleaning the streets.
K-FED had his cake and ate it by the look of things at his recent birthday party.
And by the look of things, she is wearing motherhood well.
By the look of things, though, it would take Crazy Horses to drag the ladies away now.
Prior to the opening of the second installment of ClearLight/2: A Second Synthesis of Dance and Light, cocreator-lighting designer Bob Shannon talked about what he wanted to reveal onstage: "That clean, crisp light you see in nature." To judge by the look of things, he and choreographer Peg Posnick have succeeded admirably.
Christina Aguilera was also there and by the look of things had plenty to scream about.