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.
[loo k] /lʊk/ verb (used without object) 1. to turn one’s eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes. 2. to glance or gaze in a manner specified: to look questioningly at a person. 3. to use one’s sight or vision […]