looking glass

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A looking glass, or mirror (sense 1)
The statue Alice through the Looking-Glass in the grounds of Guildford Castle in Guildford, Surrey, England, UK, which depicts the character Alice from Lewis Carroll’s book Through the Looking-Glass (1871) entering the looking-glass world by passing through a looking glass

Sense 2 (“a way into a bizarre world”) is a reference to the book Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) by English writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll (1832–1898).

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looking glass (plural looking glasses)

  1. A piece of glass with a reflective surface that one may look into to see an image of oneself; a mirror. [from 1520s]
  2. A way into a bizarre world.
    • 2016 July 29, Paul Krugman, “Who loves America?”, in The New York Times[1]:
      It has been quite a week in politics. [] I know that some Republicans feel as if they've fallen through the looking glass.

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