to look at somebody/something

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to look at (someone or something)

Based on or judging from someone's or something's appearance alone. To look at him, you wouldn't think Steve did mixed martial arts on the weekend. To look at it, it's hard to believe that such a small device is full of such powerful hardware.
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to ˈlook at somebody/something


by the ˈlook of somebody/something

(informal) judging from the way somebody/something appears: To look at him, you wouldn’t think he was the richest person in the country.To look at them, you’d never imagine that they tasted so delicious.
See also: look, somebody, something, to
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I took the opportunity of being alone in the court-yard, to look at my coarse hands and my common boots.
This gave me power to keep them back and to look at her: so, she gave a contemptuous toss - but with a sense, I thought, of having made too sure that I was so wounded - and left me.
The girls said that Piggy was a "spender." There would be a grand dinner, and music, and splendidly dressed ladies to look at, and things to eat that strangely twisted the girls' jaws when they tried to tell about them.
Adam had not dared to look at her in the first moments, but at last, when the attention of the court was withdrawn by the proceedings he turned his face towards her with a resolution not to shrink.
But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man; and to Adam, this pale, hard-looking culprit was the Hetty who had smiled at him in the garden under the apple-tree boughs--she was that Hetty's corpse, which he had trembled to look at the first time, and then was unwilling to turn away his eyes from.
All eyes were strained to look at her, but she stood like a statue of dull despair.
"How do you know all that?" said Colin, turning on his elbow to look at her.
Also looking at what is available to collect often drives you to look at data that is irrelevant or drives an improper behavior.
In order for Juanita to look at this relationship, she needs to use regression analysis to describe the growth pattern in achievement for each student.
We're also looking at combining all of our battlefield Airmen, all of our Airmen that fight on the surface, security forces, terminal controllers, pararescue, a lot of the folks that we have living inside the Army system and living inside special operations systems, to look at a common schoolhouse and a common syllabus down at Moody AFB, Ga.
They use developments in Ontario and Canadian libraries to look at what is possible for digital information partnerships if the organizational, funding, and other challenges can be overcome.
The next morning, Nan and Mae Jane and old Sue came down to the "yard" to get milk and to look at this woman that Alex had hired.
He pauses in his work to look at me, and in that instant I tell his story.