at first glance
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v. glanced, glanc·ing, glanc·es
a. To direct the eyes at or toward something briefly: glanced in the rearview mirror.
b. To read quickly or in cursory fashion: glanced at the menu.
a. To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected: A pebble glanced off the windshield.
b. To shine over or through something at an angle: The sun glanced through the leaves.
c. To be reflected, especially in flashes: sunlight glanced off the water.
3. To make a passing reference; touch briefly: a history course that only glanced at the Korean conflict.
1. To strike (a surface) at an angle; graze: The arrow glanced the target but didn't stick. See Synonyms at brush1.
2. To cause to strike a surface at an angle: glanced a stone off the wall.
1. A brief or cursory look: gave the paper a glance before breakfast.
2. A quick flash of light; a gleam.
3. An oblique movement following impact; a deflection: The car struck the barrier and went off at a glance.
at first glance
On initial consideration: At first glance the plan seemed unworkable.
[Middle English glauncen, alteration (influenced by glenten, to shine) of glacen, from Old French glacer, to slide; see glacis.]
Any of various minerals that have a brilliant luster: silver glance.
[German Glanz, from Middle High German glanz, from Old High German, bright; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]
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