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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOOKING BACK

Looking back, Andy saw a rifle pitch to the shoulder of the deputy.

And, looking back, he saw that Hal Dozier was not among the pursuers.

On looking back for my men, I saw one beckoning me to return.

I've been looking back, wondering if I ever thought that about him.

So brief a time did all this occupy that Maulo, looking back, saw them.

Looking back upon his own poor story, she was its vanishing-point.

So now you have set your hand to the plough, Joseph, there is no looking back.

The waiter went up-stairs, looking back at Margaret as he went.

Madame de Melbain and her escort had paused and were looking back.

I asked, still with anxiety, and looking back as we went toward the door.

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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