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.
See also: 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.
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: look, of, thing
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Well, the controversial socialite announced that she wanted to get her teeth done, and from the look of things, she stuck to her words.
From the look of things, Romer will most likely get a two-year offer, which gives rise to suspicions in many quarters that the septuagenarian from Colorado might retire after just one year and negotiate a Ruben Zacarias-like buyout of the rest of his contract.