at first glance

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at first glance

"at first glance"

seen or considered for the first time;

from an initial impression


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at first glance

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you had a chance to take a look at my report?

Colleague 2:  I have.  At first glance, it looks pretty good.  I haven't had a chance to go over it in detail, though. I'll get back to you with recommendations when I have reviewed your report in detail.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at first glance

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you decided where you are taking your vacation?

Friend 2:  Not yet. My husband and I were looking at brochures and thought that Fiji looked good.

Friend 1:  But?

Friend 2At first glance, Fiji did look good. There are beautiful beaches and lots of things to do but when we thought about it a little more deeply, we found that the plane flight was going to be really long and expensive so we will probably choose something a little closer to home.

at first glance - Usage:


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at first glance - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for at first glance.

at first glance - Examples:

1)  ... which implies a power so great, that it may seem, at first glance, beyond the reach of any being, less than infinite.

2)  ... from scavenged industrial materials that are piled and pasted together, these objects at first glance appear to be of little use or import.

3)  At first glance the long, narrow box resembles the case of some prodigious musical instrument, an ...

4)  But, strange as it may appear at first glance, his indifference to the prizes of life was as marked as his qualifications for ...

5)  Studies often focus on conditions that are, at first glance, ideally conducive to recovery but do not always consider factors that hinder it.

6)  At first glance this is merely a problem of Google neglecting to use a specific bit of information ...

7)  The atmosphere of Mars indicates at first glance the presence of carbon dioxide and methane.

8)  This statement may at first glance look like a logical triviality. But when you try to prove it honestly you ...

9)  Thus, at first glance, a method specifically measuring the psychomotor skills of the lower extremities might seem favourable ...

10)  ... am trying to prove is right even if it is rejected as wrong at first glance by scientists who refuse the experiments because ...

11)  ... the French text will find a certain number of passages which might appear at first glance to have been altered from the original. A closer study will reveal that this ...

12)  That would be to forget that most great reforms appeared at first glance impracticable, as in fact they were.

13)  ... are as a matter of fact radically different in nature and which, at first glance, we can hardly believe deserve the same name.

14)  ... pretty much toss out all applications with Master's for entry level jobs at first glance. My professional advice to you would be to take it off your resume.

15)  But, at first glance, in our enthusiasm for this idea, we seem to have gone too far ...

16)  ... where it is not so obvious at first glance; not only in epistles written by Paul but in those written by other authors ...

17)  ... and that we need to employ a multitude of predicates, as if at first glance infinity could be reached by multiplication.

18)  The analysis seems plausible at first glance. But I think it is flawed in the sense that it possibly gets the ...

19)  The room, however, for all the disorder sensed at first glance, indicates on inspection an owner who is basically neat but can not bear to ...

20)  The video piece placed viewers within a dreamlike space that at first glance lures the audience into a verdant space.