at first blush
at first glance & at first blush
when first examined; at an early stage. •

At first glance, the problem appeared quite simple. Later we learned just how complex it really was.

He appeared quite healthy at first glance.

At first blush, she appeared to be quite old.

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{adv. phr.} When first seen; without careful study. * /At first blush the offer looked good, but when we studied it, we found things we could not accept./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • At first blush — Blush Blush, n. 1. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty. [1913 Webster] The rosy blush of love. Trumbull. [1913 Webster] 2. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint. [1913 Webster] Light s last… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at first blush — {adv. phr.} When first seen; without careful study. * /At first blush the offer looked good, but when we studied it, we found things we could not accept./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • At first blush — First First (f[ e]rst), a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel. fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f[ o]rste, OHG. furist, G. f[ u]rst prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See {For}, {Fore}, and cf. {Formeer}, {Foremost}.] 1. Preceding all others… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at first blush — ► at first blush at the first glimpse or impression. Main Entry: ↑blush …   English terms dictionary

  • at first blush — adverb as a first impression at first blush the offer seemed attractive • Syn: ↑when first seen * * * at first blush phrase when you first think about or see something At first blush it looks like any other car. Thesaurus: from or at the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at\ first\ blush — adv. phr. When first seen; without careful study. At first blush the offer looked good, but when we studied it, we found things we could not accept …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at first blush — when first seen, without careful study At first blush he seemed like a good worker but later we had many problems with him …   Idioms and examples

  • at first blush — mainly American when you first start to think about something. His decision isn t as odd as it may seem at first blush …   New idioms dictionary

  • at first blush — when you first think about or see something At first blush it looks like any other car …   English dictionary

  • at first blush — idi at first glance or consideration …   From formal English to slang

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