at first blush

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at first blush (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Upon first impression or consideration; seemingly, apparently, ostensibly.
    • 1990, Nicolas Wolfson, Corporate First Amendment: Rights and the Sec, Quorum Books (1990), ISBN 0899304508, page 1:
      At first blush it appears rather strange to consider for even a moment the possibility that corporate financial and business disclosure rises to the dignity of speech protected by the First Amendment.
    • 2008, Dennis Martin Altman, The First Liberal: A Secular Look at Jesus' Socio-Political Ideas and How They Become the Basis of Modern Liberalism, iUniverse (2008), ISBN 9780595430536, page 47:
      That may sound innocent at first blush, but a phrase like "American leadership is good … for the world" is a signal that these people want to impose their will on others; and when military strength and moral principle are added, the caution flag must be raised.
    • 2012, Cynthia Garner, Secret of the Wolf, Forever (2012), ISBN 9781455510764, unnumbered page:
      At first blush it seemed the attacks by the werewolf were random.

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