Expressions with Look

This diagram illustrates some of the most useful phrasal verbs formed with look. The meaning of the phrasal verb is given in brackets.

Here are a few more useful phrasal verbs based on look. All of them are illustrated below in a business context but they can also, of course, be used in other situations.

– Please look through the proposal and let me know what you think. [examine]
– I’ve looked over your proposal but I still need to read the fine print, [examined quickly] Business is looking up at last. [starting to improve]
– When you go to New York, be sure to look up our representative there. [find and visit]
– We are looking to the Far East for an increase in sales. [depending on]
– The company seems to be looking ahead to a bright future. [planning for the future]

Here are some other useful expressions based on look.

– Try to look on the bright side of things, [be cheerful in spite of difficulties]
– He’s beginning to look his age. [appear as old as he really is]
– They’re always on the lookout for new talent, [searching for]
– I don’t like the look of those black clouds, [what I see suggests trouble ahead]
– There’s going to be a heavy thunderstorm, by the look(s) of it. [It appears probable.
(This expression usually comes at the end of the sentence.)]
– I know she’s hiding something when she won’t look me in the eye. [look directly at someone without fear or guilt]
– The officer looked the men up and down and then started to tell them what he thought of them in no uncertain terms. [inspect closely in order to judge]
– Everyone hates being made to look small. [appear unimportant or silly]
– She looks down her nose at anyone who is no good at sport. [regards as unimportant or socially inferior]
– It’s not much to look at but it’s comfortable. [not attractive in appearance]
– The office has been given a new look over the weekend. [a fresh and more up-to-date appearance]
– Look before you leap. [Think before you act boldly.]