[loo k-doun]


the appearance of paper when inspected under reflected light.

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Examples from the Web for look-down

Historical Examples of look-down

  • "I should prefer a look-down, if I were to choose," said Churchill.


    Maria Edgeworth

  • The look-down from the high gallery into the nave, which was well filled with worshippers, was most interesting.

  • He suspected everybody of despising him, and was perpetually trying to look-down the scorn of others with still deeper scorn.

    The Doctor's Wife

    M. E. Braddon

Word Origin and History for look-down

type of sea fish, 1882, from look (v.) + down (adv.). So called from facial structure.

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