look beyond

look beyond someone or something

1. Lit. to try to see to a point farther than someone or something. Look beyond Claire at the forest in the distance. Look beyond the house and see what you can spot in the trees behind it.
2. Fig. to try to think or plan further than someone or something. Sally will be gone soon. Look beyond Sally and decide whom you want to hire. Look beyond Tom. Think about how you will deal with the next person who has Tom's job.
See also: beyond, look
References in classic literature ?
He went for a fortnight--a fortnight of such dullness to the Miss Bertrams as ought to have put them both on their guard, and made even Julia admit, in her jealousy of her sister, the absolute necessity of distrusting his attentions, and wishing him not to return; and a fortnight of sufficient leisure, in the intervals of shooting and sleeping, to have convinced the gentleman that he ought to keep longer away, had he been more in the habit of examining his own motives, and of reflecting to what the indulgence of his idle vanity was tending; but, thoughtless and selfish from prosperity and bad example, he would not look beyond the present moment.
To Ralph, the pleasure of these last yards of the walk with Katharine was so great that he could not look beyond the present moment to the time when she should have left him.
If you cannot look beyond the end you aim at, and seek the good which is not your own, all your sacrifice is to yourself and not of yourself, and you might as well be going into business.
In order to grasp this truth, Jesus' contemporaries had to look beyond the gift of mere bread to recognize its deeper significance.
JARDIN DE JADE, Block A, 2558 Yan'an Road West, LOOK beyond the grandiose interior, reminiscent of a flashy Las Vegas hotel, because the food on offer here is first class.
Global Banking News-February 17, 2014--Indian central bank advised to look beyond inflation control
For the winner, it's hard to look beyond Scouse temptress and trained ballet dancer Jennifer Ellison at 5-1, but not as hard as it was to look beyond her when she was five stone heavier.
Summary: Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to look beyond Manchester United's Champions League semi-final opponents Schalke.
China and India were urged today by the Tories to look beyond short term economic gain and use their influence in support of the people of Burma.
Without the visual iconography to affix their presence to the page, the reams of denuded words cause the reader to look beyond them for the source of their power.
The next step for the architectural industry is to look beyond the checklist approach to green design and examine how buildings interact with nature--how they live--to create a truly green built environment.
Marketers continue to look beyond page tactics to engage customers on a one-to-one basis.
The 4-3 majority ruled that "statutory tribunals empowered to decide questions of law are presumed to have the power to look beyond their enabling statutes in order to apply the whole law to a matter properly before them.
In a market already well-represented by a few very good Aalto monographs, the unique selling point of Ray's book lies in neither the biography, although this is a concise and engaging read, nor the case studies, even though well judged and illustrated, with previously unpublished photos by the author showing the buildings in use (although one occasionally has to look beyond fuzzy focusing to appreciate the quality of the spaces).