See also: 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).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlʊkɪŋ ˈɡlɑːs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlʊkɪŋ ˈɡlæs/
- Hyphenation: look‧ing glass
- A piece of glass with a reflective surface that one may look into to see an image of oneself; a mirror. [from 1520s]
1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, “In which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley Prepare to Open the Campaign”, in Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero, London: Bradbury and Evans, 11, Bouverie Street, published 1848, OCLC 3174108, page 9:
- The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword: The Turk Street Mile”, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, OCLC 483591931, page 18:
- 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.
- A way into a bizarre world.
- (way into a bizarre world): rabbit hole
mirror — see mirror
way into a bizarre world