at first glance
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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or[at first sight] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} After a first quick look. * /At first sight, his guess was that the whole trouble between the two men resulted from personalities that did not agree./ * /Tom met Mary at a party, and it was love at first sight./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at first glance — or[at first sight] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} After a first quick look. * /At first sight, his guess was that the whole trouble between the two men resulted from personalities that did not agree./ * /Tom met Mary at a party, and it was love at first… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at\ first\ glance — • at first glance • at first sight adv or adj. phr. After a first quick look. At first sight, his guess was that the whole trouble between the two men resulted from personalities that did not agree. Tom met Mary at a party, and it was love at… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at first glance — at first glance, the plastic stemware could have been mistaken for crystal Syn: on the face of it, on the surface, at first sight, to the casual eye, to all appearances; apparently, seemingly, outwardly, superficially, it would seem, it appears,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • at first glance — index prima facie (self evident) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • at first glance — adverb immediately (Freq. 3) it was love at first sight • Syn: ↑at first sight * * * ON THE FACE OF IT, on the surface, at first sight, to the casual eye, to all appearances; apparently, seemingly, outwardly …   Useful english dictionary

  • at first glance — when first looked at. At first glance the deal looked great, but after reading the contract I wasn t so sure. The twins seem, at first glance, very similar, but they re actually very different. Related vocabulary: at first blush, at first sight …   New idioms dictionary

  • at first glance — if something or someone seems a particular way at first glance, they seem that way when you first look at them. The system is more complicated than it appears at first glance …   New idioms dictionary

  • at first glance — phrasal on first consideration < at first glance the subject seems harmless enough > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • at first glance — when you first see it, when you notice it    At first glance, it looked like a cat a large cat …   English idioms

  • at first glance — adverb After only a superficial examination or review At first glance it seems to be a reasonable idea. But well see …   Wiktionary

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