Appear threatening or unfavorable, as in The future looked black for Henry after he dropped out of school. This expression employs black in the sense of “boding ill,” a usage dating from about 1700. Also see under dirty look.
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- look alive,
- look as if butter wouldn't melt,
- look askance,
- look back,
- look before you leap,
- look blank,
- look daggers,
- look down,
- look down on,
- look for
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