Idioms

    take a dim view of, to regard with disapproval, skepticism, or dismay: Her mother takes a dim view of her choice of friends.

Origin of dim

before 1000; Middle English, Old English dim(me), cognate with Old Frisian dim, Old Norse dimmr

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See dark.
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British Dictionary definitions for take a dim view of

dim

/ (dɪm) /

adjective dimmer or dimmest


verb dims, dimming or dimmed

Derived Forms

dimly, adverbdimness, noun

Word Origin for dim

Old English dimm; related to Old Norse dimmr gloomy, dark
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Idioms and Phrases with take a dim view of (1 of 2)

take a dim view of

Regard disapprovingly, as in I take a dim view of meeting every single week. This idiom, which uses dim in the sense of “unfavorable,” was first recorded in 1947


Idioms and Phrases with take a dim view of (2 of 2)

dim

see take a dim view.


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