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 and persuades a goat to jump in. The fox then climbs on the goat’s horns to get out, while the goat remains trapped. [ c. 1350 ]
- 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
- Look blank
Be expressionless, appear dumbstruck or overwhelmed. For example, When I asked her how to get to the hospital, she looked blank. [ c. 1700 ]
[loo k-doun] /ˈlʊkˌdaʊn/ noun 1. a silvery carangid fish of the genus Selene, of the Atlantic Ocean, having a compressed body and eyes placed high on the truncated forehead. [loo k-doun] /ˈlʊkˌdaʊn/ noun 1. the appearance of paper when inspected under reflected light. n. type of sea fish, 1882, from look (v.) + down (adv.). […]
[loo k-doun] /ˈlʊkˌdaʊn/ noun 1. the appearance of paper when inspected under reflected light. n. type of sea fish, 1882, from look (v.) + down (adv.). So called from facial structure.