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look (out) onto (something)
To have a clear and direct view of something or some place; to face or open out onto something or some place. The apartment looks onto a stunning view of the beach. The patio looked out onto the main square of the city, where I used to watch people going about their daily business.
See also: look
To watch some action or activity as a spectator. With a stadium of fans looking on, the pressure was on for him to make the field goal.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
look (out) on (to) something
[for something] to face onto something or some place. The balcony looks out onto the meadow. My window looks onto the street.
look on (with someone)
to share and read from someone else's notes, paper, book, music, etc. I don't have a copy of the notice, but I will look on with Carlo. Carla has a copy of the music. She doesn't mind if I look on.
to be a spectator and watch what is happening without participating. The beating took place while a policeman looked on. While the kittens played, the mother cat looked on contentedly.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also, look upon. Regard in a certain way, as in I looked on him as a second father, or We looked upon her as a worthy successor. [Early 1600s]
2. Be a spectator, watch, as in She rode the horse around the ring as her parents looked on. [Late 1500s]
3. Also, look on with. Read from someone's book, paper, or music at the same time, as in I forgot my score; can I look on with you? [Late 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To watch an incident or event without participating in it: The firefighters battled the blaze while dozens of neighbors looked on. I looked on while my teacher prepared the lesson.
2. To regard someone or something in a certain way: The boss looked on the new employee as incompetent.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.