blush

[ bluhsh ]
/ blʌʃ /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to make red; flush.
to make known by a blush: She could not help blushing the truth.

noun

Idioms

    at first blush, without previous knowledge or adequate consideration; at first glance: At first blush, the solution to the problem seemed simple enough.

Origin of blush

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English bluschen, Old English blyscan to redden; akin to Old English blysa, Old Norse blys, Middle Low German blus torch, bloschen to blaze; (noun) Middle English blusch, blisch, derivative of the v.
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British Dictionary definitions for at first blush

blush

/ (blʌʃ) /

verb

(intr) to become suddenly red in the face from embarrassment, shame, modesty, or guilt; redden
to make or become reddish or rosy

noun

Derived Formsblushful, adjectiveblushing, noun, adjectiveblushingly, adverb

Word Origin for blush

Old English blӯscan; related to blӯsian to burn, Middle Low German blüsen to light a fire
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Medicine definitions for at first blush

blush

[ blŭsh ]

n.

A sudden and brief redness of the face and neck due to emotion; flush.
Related formsblush v.
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Idioms and Phrases with at first blush (1 of 2)

at first blush


Also, at first glance or sight. When first seen. For example, At first blush we thought it was an elegant restaurant, but it soon became obvious that it was hardly the place for a special dinner, or At first glance the contract looked just fine. All three phrases date from the 1300s. The noun blush is used with the obsolete meaning “glimpse” or “momentary view” and in this idiom has nothing to do with showing embarrassment. Also see love at first sight.

Idioms and Phrases with at first blush (2 of 2)

blush


see at first blush.

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