take one look (at someone or something)

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take one look (at someone or something)

To scrutinize someone or something very quickly and cavalierly. Typically used to preface some conclusion or judgment made about the person or thing being The coach took one look at me and said I was way too scrawny to be on the football team. We took one look at that house and walked right back out again—what a dump!
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KICKING OFF: Football star David in Argentina DAVID BECKHAM: FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME Tue BBC1 9pm They call football the beautiful game - and it only takes one look at David Beckham to see why.
IT ONLY takes one look at the expressions of children in our photograph on page 13 to know exactly what children at Highburton think about dog fouling on their school playing fields.
As he tries to leave, the security guard takes one look at his pristine kit and reckons it must be brand new!
The patient takes one look at the cardiologist and his blood pressure shoots through the roof.
Finally, in frustration, the accountant calls in an independent computer consultant who takes one look at the setup and says, "You need a SCSI (pronounced scuzzy) board." (SCSI is an acronym for small computer system interface.
The novel tells what happens when a young hobo saunters into a roadside sandwich stand run by a Greek immigrant and his American wife; the hobo takes one look at the wife and decides to settle down to work at the stand.