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Idioms and expressions with look

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 donít invite them to our party.
Look good / bad for

to seem to be going to have a good/bad result

  • Things arenít 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 havenít 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 canít 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.

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