at first blush

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Related to at first blush: at least, by way of, couldn't, let up, knows no bounds
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: first blush - as a first impression; "at first blush the offer seemed attractive"
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As regarded Judge Pyncheon, it seemed probable, at first blush, that the mode of his final departure might give him a larger and longer posthumous vogue than ordinarily attends the memory of a distinguished man.
At first blush, Kennedy seems surprisingly ill-suited to politics, an introvert in an extrovert's profession.
While the evidence seems strong at first blush, it's not certain that this is burn-in.
At first blush, at least, a Trump presidency promises everything that AIPAC, America's largest pro-Israel lobbying group, could ever wish for.
At first blush, the city of Eugene's decision to launch a self-service bike rental program strikes you as a plan you want to believe in - it's just so Eugene - but might wind up in the seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time category.
At first blush, the topic and length of the book might be off-putting, but teens with the courage to crack the cover will find themselves driven to see Charlie's story through.
Although the elements of the economic realities' test may appear understandable at first blush, a careful reading of the DOL's guidance reveals that there are no bright-line rules upon which to rely.
At first blush, Donald Gutstein's Harperism seems built to this formula: the obligatory fish-eyed cover photo; chapter titles that read like a to-do list ("Counter the environmental threat to the market," "Undermine scientific knowledge," "Deny income inequality," and so on).
His relief from his post, while at first blush seemingly laudable, may actually be diverting the need for sincere attention and pinning ultimate responsibility from the reported sweetheart deals by PNP superiors and mercenary politicians with these high-maintenance celebrity detainees," CPP power couple Benito and Wilma Tiamzon said in a statement.
With the aid of ensemble players who maintain admirably straight faces amid the absurdity, director Jack Plotnlck gets an Impressive amount of mileage from a concept--characters In a futuristic sci-fi setting evince 70s angst and attitudes--that might seem at first blush barely adequate to sustain a "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
At first blush it's hard to reconcile this concern with the recent stellar performance of our major banks.
Although at first blush these features seem to suggest that Bunostegos was an evolutionarily advanced pareiasaur, it also had many primitive characteristics.