[loo k-uh-lahyk] /ˈlʊk əˌlaɪk/
a person or thing that looks like or closely resembles another; double.
The leading brand of computer was expensive so they bought cheap look-alikes.
a pill or capsule that contains nonprescription stimulants, as caffeine and ephedrine, but is made to appear like one containing illegal or prescription stimulants, as amphetamine or biphetamine.
being or characteristic of a look-alike.
“someone who closely resembles another,” 1937, American English, from look (v.) + alike.
- Look askance
View with mistrust, as in They looked askance at him when he said he’d just made a million in the stock market . The precise feeling conveyed by this expression has varied since it was first used in the 1500s, from envy to contempt to suspicion, although the literal meaning was “look obliquely, with a […]
- Look at someone cross-eyed
verb phrase To commit even a tiny fault; offend in the least way: who would yell copper if you looked at them cross-eyed (1940s+)
- Look before you leap
We should know what we are getting into before we commit ourselves. Think of the consequences before you act, as in You’d better check out all the costs before you buy a cellular phone—look before you leap. This expression alludes to Aesop’s fable about the fox who is unable to climb out of a well […]
- Look black
Appear threatening or unfavorable, as in The future looked black for Henry after he dropped out of school . This expression employs black in the sense of “boding ill,” a usage dating from about 1700. Also see under dirty look