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look through (one)
1. To act as though someone is not in front of one, either because one fails to notice them or because one is deliberately ignoring them. (Most commonly used in the form "look right through someone.") I pleaded to the bystanders for help, but everyone just looked right through me. I scolded Tommy for what he had done, but he just sat there looking through me.
2. dated To be able to identify or understand something about someone or some group, especially in spite of deceptive or misleading pretenses. (An older variant of "see through someone or something.") She has these piercing eyes that seem to look right through me, able to see the darkest, most intimate parts of myself that I try to keep hidden. I think most people can look through the company's flimsy PR spin and understand that this deal is a huge rip-off.
look through (something)
1. Literally, to see, gaze, or peer through some opening or something transparent. I looked through the peephole to see who was knocking on the door. Try looking through the water to the bottom of the lake.
2. To make use of an apparatus that enhances visual acuity, clarity, or magnification. Look through this microscope and tell me what you see. If you look through the telescope on clear nights, you can just make out Pluto.
3. To examine something, especially quickly, cursorily, or superficially. I looked through your paper, and so far you seem to have a good grasp on the topic. I'll read it more carefully this evening. He looked through the photo album to find a picture of him and all his siblings when they were kids.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
look through something
1. to gaze through something. Look through the window at what the neighbors are doing. Look through the binoculars and see if you can get a better view.
2. to examine the parts, pages, samples, etc., of something. Look through this report and see what you make of it. I will look through it when I have time.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To peer through or as if through something: The astronomer allowed us to look through the telescope.
2. To go through something quickly or superficially, especially when searching: I looked through the book, but I haven't had a chance to read it.
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.