look through (something)

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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.
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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.
See also: look, through
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

look through

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.
See also: look, through
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.
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