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[loo k-see] /ˈlʊkˌsi/
noun, Informal.
a visual inspection or survey; look; examination:
have a look-see.
Origin of look-see
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • It's what it says, mon ami; look—see—it is exactly as I read it.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • So you see I had a fairly good-all-round kind of a 'look see.'

    Stories of the Ships Lewis R. Freeman
  • Look—see the way she is formed, so lithe, loose-limbed, agile.

    Voyage To Eternity Milton Lesser
  • You wash hands after your lady, and you look see there be two seats betwixt her and you—no nearer you go (Note 2).

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • Johnny did “look see,” and the thoughts that passed through his mind as he looked were strange indeed.

    Mystery Wings Roy J. Snell
  • Look, father, look—see yonder is an Angel all in white, descending from heaven!

  • Now look—see how far back in the mists of antiquity my own family of Swancourt have a root.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Madame—(putting her hand under her husband's nose)—Yes; but look—see, there is a little bit coming off.

  • He was merely on a vacation, and intended to peep over the top of the pass for a "look see" and then to return.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for look see


(informal) a brief inspection or look
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for look see



"inspection," 1865, "Pidgin-like formation" [OED], and first used in representations of English as spoken by Chinese, from look (v.) + see (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for look see

look see

verb phrase

To look; have a look: I'm dropping down to look see (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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