by the look(s) 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

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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OLD habits die hard with Thierry Henry by the looks of things.
But by the looks of things, it's the first decent meal the outspoken singer has had in months.
But by the looks of things he just wants them to disappear so he can get on with his fame and new found single life.
Britney revealed she was desperate for a break to watch re-runs of Sex And The City and, by the looks of things, she'll have caught up on the whole six series before long.
Jessica was given Daisy as a present for her 24th birthday by hubby Nick, and by the looks of things it's been the best present ever.
By the looks of things the "glamour" model had clearly forgotten to take her clothes off before leaving home and she arrived at her regular haunt dressed in a remarkably modest outfit.