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

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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.
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We may have to look at something as revolutionary as having the state itself decide on land uses so that in some areas there will be an overlay zone,'' he said.
We may have to look at something like that instructionally--not just busy work but something really related to standards.
Time can really be soaked up when the boss says to look at something that bugs him, but isn't significantly impacting the bottom line.
Photography suggests that seeing is sufficient, that merely to look at something in a certain way is already to endow it, at least incipiently, with the status of art.
It's intriguing that in a day of flashy technology that people are willing to look at something with a parchment and illuminated feel.
Sullivan's piece played on voyeuristic impulses, on the desire to look at something potentially illicit, but delivered a scenario so ordinary that it bordered on the dull.