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on sight

As soon as someone or something is or can be seen. Police have orders to shoot the suspect on sight.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

on sight

Also, at sight. Immediately upon seeing, as in The soldiers threatened to shoot looters on sight, or He's able to multiply those three-digit figures at sight. [Second half of 1400s]
See also: on, sight
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.

do something on ˈsight

do or feel something as soon as you see somebody/something: She complained constantly about the hotel, which she hated on sight.The soldiers were ordered to shoot on sight.
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on sight

Immediately upon being seen: threatened to shoot looters on sight.
See also: on, sight
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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