look/dress the part

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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.
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