looking glass

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looking glass (plural looking glasses)

  1. Alternative form of looking-glass.
    • 1845, Walter Bernan [pseudonym; Robert Meikleham], “Essay VIII”, in On the History and Art of Warming and Ventilation Rooms and Buildings [], volume I, London: George Bell, [], →OCLC, footnote †, page 225:
      Many sorts of glass were in the market, called Lambeth or Ratcliffe, Normandy, German, white and green, Dutch, Newcastle, Staffordshire, and Bristol glass, looking glass and jealous glass. [] Looking glass plates were sometimes used in windows.
    • 1856 March 17–18, Ford Madox Brown, “1856 [chapter title]”, in Virginia Surtees, editor, The Diary of Ford Madox Brown (Studies in British Art), New Haven, Conn., London: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, published 1981, →ISBN, page 167:
      17th Drew in the dead body in the corrected sketch in Pen & Ink. It is rather dreary. Worked at sundries from Self in the looking glass (8 hours). / 18th worked all day from self in looking glass in shirts & draws. []
    • 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.
    • 2020 June 3, Stefanie Foster, “Comment: The recovery starts here”, in Rail, page 3:
      It feels like I've stepped through the looking glass and am wandering in a topsy-turvy world where the fixpoints we have lived with for decades have gone. Not just moved... gone.