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look·ing glass

See mirror.
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looking glass

a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
with normal or familiar circumstances reversed; topsy-turvy: a looking-glass world.
[sense 2 in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass]
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look′ing glass`

1. a mirror.
2. the glass used in a mirror.


having the normal elements or circumstances reversed; topsy-turvy: a looking-glass world.
[alluding to the reversed world in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass (1871)]
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Noun1.looking glass - a mirrorlooking glass - a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror
mirror - polished surface that forms images by reflecting light
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References in classic literature ?
What was it?" exclaimed Natasha, holding up the looking glass.
On Natasha's table stood two looking glasses which Dunyasha had prepared beforehand.
It would be too good!" said Natasha, rising and going to the looking glasses.
Natasha lit the candles, one on each side of one of the looking glasses, and sat down.
She began blinking rapidly and moved away from the looking glasses.
"A flattering looking glass is a promoter of amiability," she said.
"If your Imperial Majesty will be graciously pleased to take off your clothes, we will fit on the new suit, in front of the looking glass."
The Emperor was accordingly undressed, and the rogues pretended to array him in his new suit; the Emperor turning round, from side to side, before the looking glass.
"Do my new clothes fit well?" asked he, turning himself round again before the looking glass, in order that he might appear to be examining his handsome suit.
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THROUGH The Looking Glass has opened its doors for business at a new site in Loughborough Road, Shepshed.
One, titled "A Look Through the Looking Glass ...," draws from an Ohio judge to advocate for the idea that "[j]ustice demands not only equality, but the appearance thereof." The authors assert that the Bar Board of Governors has set forth a "mission" of the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee "to assist the governor and judicial nominating commissions in discharging their statutory and constitutional duties." It is not clear from the article what this "assistance" mission entails or what authority this committee as an arm of the judicial branch has to "assist" the state's chief executive in his selection, especially since the legislature seems to have given the governor "authority to appoint all commissioners."