looking glass

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looking glass (plural looking glasses)

  1. A mirror.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, ch. 2:
      The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      Everything a living animal could do to destroy and to desecrate bed and walls had been done. […]  A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.
  2. (idiomatic, from Through the Looking-Glass) A way into a bizarre world.
    • 2016 July 29, Paul Krugman, "Who Loves America?," New York Times (retrieved 17 Nov 2016):
      It has been quite a week in politics. . . . I know that some Republicans feel as if they’ve fallen through the looking glass.