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🔍 Left Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji and 🔎 Right Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji

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What does 🔍 Left Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji and 🔎 Right Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji mean?

The left or right-pointing magnifying glass is used to suggest things like inquiry, curiosity, searching online, detective work, or just taking a closer look at something.

Related words:

  • 🕵 detective emoji
  • 👁 eye emoji
  • 🔬 microscope emoji

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Where does 🔍 Left Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji and 🔎 Right Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji come from?

Examples of 🔍 Left Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji and 🔎 Right Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji

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@paseri021, May, 2018  
Solve the mystery and win a Dino medal this festive period at the Dinosaur Museum [...] 🔍🦕🏅
@visit_dorset, December, 2017
Robert Mueller is the most powerful man in the world, nobody elected him, he's totally unaccountable, and this doesn't bother Democrats or the media at all because he's not investigating Russian interference in the election, he's going after Trump. #StoppingRobertMueller 🚫 🔎
@STL_Blonde, May, 2018
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Who uses 🔍 Left Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji and 🔎 Right Pointing Magnifying Glass emoji?

The left- or right-pointing magnifying glass is used for a wide-ranging sense of “inspection.” This can include an up-close-and-personal look at a topic or zoomed-in view of an object.

The magnifying glass emoji can also convey exploration and scientific inquiry.

The magnifying glass emoji can stand for “searching,” such as job hunting or finding more information about an item online.

The magnifying glass gets used for real detective work, investigations, or espionage … too.

…and their many fictional forms, especially Sherlock Holmes and mystery novels.

Finally, the magnifying glass emoji sometimes gets used for metaphorical looks.

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