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looking glass

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noun
  1. a mirror made of glass with a metallic or amalgam backing.
  2. the glass used in a mirror.
  3. anything used as a mirror, as highly polished metal or a reflecting surface.

Origin of looking glass

First recorded in 1520–30
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British Dictionary definitions for looking glass

looking glass

noun
  1. a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
adjective looking-glass
  1. with normal or familiar circumstances reversed; topsy-turvya looking-glass world

Word Origin

sense 2 in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
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