at sight
or[on sight] {adv. phr.} 1. The first time the person or thing is seen; as soon as the person or thing is seen. * /First graders learn to read many words on sight./ * /Mary had seen many pictures of Grandfather, so she knew him on sight./ Compare: AT ONCE(1). 2. On demand, on asking the first time. * /The money order was payable at sight./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • At sight — Sight Sight (s[imac]t), n. [OE. sight, si[thorn]t, siht, AS. siht, gesiht, gesih[eth], gesieh[eth], gesyh[eth]; akin to D. gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the root of E. see. See {See}, v. t.] 1. The act of seeing;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at sight — ➔ sight * * * Ⅰ. at sight ► used to say that an amount of money must be paid as soon as the document showing the amount owed is received by the person paying: »The bank draft was marked at sight . »a bill that is payable at sight → Compare …   Financial and business terms

  • at\ sight — • at sight • on sight adv. phr. 1. the first time the person or thing is seen; as soon as the person or thing is seen. First graders learn to read many words on sight. Mary had seen many pictures of Grandfather, so she knew him on sight. Compare …   Словарь американских идиом

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

  • At Sight — A payment due on demand. An at sight payment will require the party receiving the good or service to pay a certain sum immediately upon being presented with the bill of exchange. Also known as a sight draft or a sight bill . This term is used… …   Investment dictionary

  • at sight — adverb : as soon as seen or presented to view a draft payable at sight play a piece of music at sight translate a passage at sight vowed to shoot his enemy at sight …   Useful english dictionary

  • at sight — or[on sight] {adv. phr.} 1. The first time the person or thing is seen; as soon as the person or thing is seen. * /First graders learn to read many words on sight./ * /Mary had seen many pictures of Grandfather, so she knew him on sight./ Compare …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at sight — adverb As soon as seen, or presented to sight, especially payable at sight, to shoot a person at sight Syn: on sight …   Wiktionary

  • at sight — ► on (or at) sight as soon as someone or something has been seen. Main Entry: ↑sight …   English terms dictionary

  • at sight — idi a) immediately upon seeing b) bus on presentation: a draft payable at sight[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

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