We usually use the verb “to look” to describe how we see or watch something.
I looked at that TV programme last night.
I looked at the report quickly.
Here are some English Expressions with LOOK presenting other ways in which we can use it, sometimes as a verb, phrasal verb and also as a noun.
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English Expressions with LOOK
HAVE A LOOK
A very useful phrase that we can use in many different situations. It means to glance or to look at something or someone, especially in a quick, informal manner.
Can you have a look at that email before you leave?
I will have a look at that hair dryer and see if I can fix it, if you like.
If you don’t believe why don’t you have a look for yourself.
All of these expressions demonstrate the versatility of this phase.
LOOK YOUR BEST
When we have to make a speech or we are attending an important meeting or interview, it is always important to present ourselves in the best way possible.
We often can hear from our friends or family:
It’s important to look your best today. It’s a big day for you.
I really want to look my best for this dinner. Can you re-style my hair to give me a more modern look please?
LOOK WORSE FOR WEAR
This is usually used to describe when someone isn’t looking their best. In fact, they look a little ill or not themselves.
He had a few difficult days. The office party went on long into the night and on top of that he also had a party in the football club the day before. After 2 days of celebration he certainly was looking the worse for wear.
This is frequently used to describe how a man or woman appear to us. This English expression is used to describe their physical appearance. We use it when we want to describe a person who is physically attractive.
He is a very good looking man.
She is good looking, isn’t she?
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BY THE LOOK OF IT
When we are not sure about something and we ask for a second opinion or someone’s view on it. The reply we get will often include this phrase “by the look of it”.
Mary is reading a legal banking document that is not really written in clear simple English. She asks her colleague Catherine to have a look at a particular section and give her view/opinion as to what it means.
Catherine reads it several times and says: “By the look of it, it appears that they want you to give a personal guarantee. I am not a banker but that is how I read it. I think you should call them and clarify it.”
IT LOOKS LIKE
Again when we are asked for our opinion. We often use this phrase when we are confirming what the other person wants to hear.
John received a reply to his request for a promotion. He had been working in the same position for more than 3 years. His boss replied to say how much they valued his work how important he was to the company in the position he holds.
He asked his colleague Mathew:
– I think they are telling me I am not getting that promotion. What do you think?
Mathew looks at the email and replies:
– Yes, it looks like it to me. meaning I would agree with your view.
LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (OF LIFE, OF THINGS)
To stay optimistic and try to see something positive even in a bad situation. There is always a light. We can use this expression to cheer someone up.
John is amazing! He almost always has a smile or laugh available, and tries to look on the bright side of things.
Let’s look on the bright side; at least Monday only happens once a week.
This expression is originated from the cult British comedy “The Life of Brian”.