at first sight

adverb
immediately (Freq. 2)
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it was love at first sight

Syn: ↑at first glance

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adverb
: without investigation or analysis : offhand, immediately, superficially

though these problems appear, at first sight, to lie within the agricultural industry, they often lie outside the control of the individual farmer — G.P.Wibberley

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at first sight
When seen initially and without the benefit of a detailed study or investigation
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Main Entry:sight

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at the moment when you first see something or find out about something, before you know more details

At first glance, the theory seems to make a lot of sense.

There was nothing especially attractive about him at first sight.

Thesaurus: from or at the beginningsynonym
Main entry: first

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I
see sight
II
on first seeing or meeting someone

it was love at first sight

after an initial impression (which is then found to be different from what is actually the case)

the debate is more complex than it seems at first sight

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at first sight — see first, 1
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Main Entry:sight

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at first ˈsight idiom
1. when you first begin to consider sth

At first sight, it may look like a generous offer, but always read the small print.

2. when you see sb/sth for the first time

It was

love at first sight (= we fell in love the first time we saw each other)

.

We fell in love with the house at first sight.

Main entry:sightidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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