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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOOK OVER

If you climb one of them you will be able to look over the city.

I'll stop at home to-morrow and take a look over the whole set.'

We'll have a look over those papers in the evening, Charley.'

Would he run straight across to get to the other side, or would he look over?

Shall we look over into the Pool from the pavilion, or go down by the steps?

You may look over the plumbing in the bathroom whenever you are ready.

Evidently he was coming to the summit to look over the country for enemies.

He longed to, but he dared not, look over the side of the yawning chasm.

They try to peep in but are not tall enough to look over the edge.

He may look over the wall and see our playground: who knows?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English locian "use the eyes for seeing, gaze, look, behold, spy," from West Germanic *lokjan (cf. Old Saxon lokon "see, look, spy," Middle Dutch loeken "to look," Old High German luogen, German dialectal lugen "to look out"), of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Breton lagud "eye." In Old English, usually with on; the use of at began 14c. Meaning "seek, search out" is c.1300; meaning "to have a certain appearance" is from c.1400. Of objects, "to face in a certain direction," late 14c.

Look after "take care of" is from late 14c., earlier "to seek" (c.1300), "to look toward" (c.1200). Look into "investigate" is from 1580s; look up "research in books or papers" is from 1690s. To look down upon in the figurative sense is from 1711; to look down one's nose is from 1921. To look forward "anticipate" is c.1600; meaning "anticipate with pleasure" is mid-19c. To not look back "make no pauses" is colloquial, first attested 1893. In look sharp (1711) sharp originally was an adverb, "sharply."

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