glancing


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glance around (some thing or place)

To view one's surroundings, often in a fleeting or furtive manner. I glanced around and didn't see anyone, so I stole two cookies from the cookie jar. Let's go sightseeing, huh? I was only able to glance around earlier.
See also: around, glance, thing

glance back

1. To look quickly over one's shoulder at someone or something located behind one. We both glanced back after hearing that loud crash. On her first day, my daughter ran off into the preschool without even glancing back.
2. To return one's gaze to someone or something. I started walking down the docks and only glanced back when Joe began insistently calling my name.
See also: back, glance

glance back at (someone or something)

1. To look quickly over one's shoulder at someone or something located behind one. We both glanced back at the work site after hearing that loud crash. On her first day, my daughter ran off into the preschool without even glancing back at me.
2. To return one's gaze to someone or something. I started walking down the docks and only glanced back at Joe when he began insistently calling my name.
See also: back, glance

glance down

1. To look downward at someone or something positioned physically below one. I clung to the rope after I made the mistake of glancing down at the pit below. I glanced down at my test sheet and realized that I'd forgotten to write my name on it.
2. To look downward out of shyness, embarrassment, or shame. The little girl glanced down and grabbed her mom's hand when I tried to talk to her. I glanced down when Mom told me how disappointed she was in my grades.
See also: down, glance

glance down at (someone or something)

To look downward at someone or something positioned physically below one. I clung to the rope after I made the mistake of glancing down at the pit below. I glanced down at my test sheet and realized that I'd forgotten to write my name on it. When we glanced down at the people standing below, they looked like ants.
See also: down, glance

glance through (something)

To casually read through a document, magazine, or book without paying close attention to it. I had just started glancing through a magazine when the receptionist called my name. Can you glance through this proposal? I just need to know if there are any glaring issues.
See also: glance, through

glance back

 (at someone)
1. to look quickly at someone who is looking at you. He glanced back at Mary, so he could remember her smile. She hoped he would notice her but he never even glanced back.
2. to look quickly at someone who is behind you. Dan glanced back at the man chasing him and ran on even faster. He glanced back and ran faster.
See also: back, glance

glance down (at something)

to look quickly downward at something. Sherri glanced down at her watch and then pressed on the accelerator. She glanced down and hurried off.
See also: down, glance