Here is a list of idioms and expressions built around the word ‘look’. Each idiom is followed by its meaning and example sentences.
Look before you leap
Used for advising people to think carefully before they act
Look down your nose at
When you look down your nose at somebody, you think that you are better or more important than him or her.
- Julie has this nasty habit of looking down her nose at her neighbours.
Look bad / good
When something looks bad / good it is considered to be a good / bad thing to do.
- I think it will look bad if we don’t invite them to our party.
Look good / bad for
To seem to be going to have a good/bad result
- Things aren’t looking too good for us at the moment.
Look someone in the eye/face
To look someone in the face is to look at their face when you are talking to them to show that what you are saying is true.
- Can you look me in the eye and say that you haven’t stolen the money?
Be looking to do something
When you are looking to do something, you are planning to do something.
- We are looking to expand our business in Europe.
Look the other way
To look the other way is to deliberately ignore something bad that is happening before your eyes.
- You can’t just look the other way if you suspect that he is cheating on you.
Look someone up and down
To look someone up and down is to carefully look at them as if you are trying to make a judgment about them.
- She looked us up and down as if we were aliens.