know (someone or something) by sight

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know (someone or something) by sight

To recognize someone or something based solely on appearance (without knowing any other information, such as a name, etc.). Even after working there for a year, there were still some co-workers I only knew by sight. I'd know the place by sight, but I don't think I could tell you how to get there.
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know someone by sight

to recognize a person's face, but not know the name. I'm afraid I don't know her by sight. I know all my employees by sight.
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know by sight

Recognize someone or something by appearance but not know the name or other details. For example, I know a lot of people by sight from the tennis courts. [1200s]
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know somebody by ˈsight

recognize somebody and know who they are, without having spoken to them: I haven’t actually met Dr. Galston, but I know him by sight of course.
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The latter, who knew him by sight, saluted and hesitated for a moment.
Quite unconscious, however, of the effect he produced, he trotted on beside his secretary, talking to himself nearly all the way, until they came within a mile or two of London, when now and then some passenger went by who knew him by sight, and pointed him out to some one else, and perhaps stood looking after him, or cried in jest or earnest as it might be, 'Hurrah Geordie!
What those who knew him by sight but not in person couldn't realize was that Eaton, not only a 30-year veteran of the Eugene Symphony and Eugene Opera orchestras but also the longtime executive director of the Oregon Mozart Players - and an avid grower of tomatoes and peppers that he nurtured in his "Garden of Eaton" - was absent because he was living out his last days in a Eugene nursing home.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Bent said: "We still need to hear from anyone who knew Mr Smart, whether they knew him well or even if they just knew him by sight.
Det Chief Insp Peter Bent, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "We still need to hear from anyone who knew Mr Smart whether they knew him well or even if they just knew him by sight. We're still trying to piece together his movements before he died and any information about who he knew or where he went will help us.
Speaking about the meeting, Carl, the manager of the Nike store at the centre, said: "My wife knew him and I knew him by sight but it was strange to meet him.
He was to give testimony against several individuals charged under the Act, who knew him by sight but did not know his real name.