[loo k-in]


a brief glance.
a short visit.
Football. a quick pass play in which the ball is thrown to a receiver running a short diagonal pattern across the center of the field.

Origin of look-in

First recorded in 1840–50; noun use of verb phrase look in
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Examples from the Web for look-in

Contemporary Examples of look-in

Historical Examples of look-in

  • With you around nobody else has a look-in at the 'handsome' game.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • I do give them a look-in forward every now and then, but it's precious little I can do for them.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • Hold 'em to that, and you'll have a look-in at a big game, soon.

  • Get out of the ether and give some other wireless sharps a look-in!

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman

  • But joy appears in thee again, like the look-in of the sunshine.

British Dictionary definitions for look-in



a chance to be chosen, participate, etc
a short visit

verb look in

(intr, adverb often foll by on) to pay a short visit
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