[loo k-see]
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Origin of look-see

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of look-see

  • Im going back to the office to have a look-see at the books and files.

    Sudden Jim

    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • After you went to bed that night, I drove up here to have a look-see.

  • Look-see, Chelakee braves make haste for load horses down yonder now!

  • The next morning we turned out early, and got our first real “look-see.”

  • Do you think I have forgotten the day we were out having a look-see, five of us, and spotted five Albatrosses below?

    Aces Up

    Covington Clarke

British Dictionary definitions for look-see


  1. informal a brief inspection or look
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Word Origin and History for look-see

"inspection," 1865, "Pidgin-like formation" [OED], and first used in representations of English as spoken by Chinese, from look (v.) + see (v.).

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