look collocations

look collocations


see look

you should have seen the look on her face when I told her I was leaving – it was priceless!

give look

Did you see the frosty look old Mr Donaldson gave me? He’s obviously angry with me for some reason.

tell look

We could tell by the look on her face that something terrible had happened.

spoil look

If you ask me, the pink doors spoil the look of the house. They look ridiculous.

like look

We shouldn’t judge people by their appearance, but I don’t like the look of that guy on bit.

have look

I don’t know what Jim does, but he has the look of an accountant or bank manager.


Take a close door at this picture and see if you recognize anyone.

I wonder if I could have a quick look at your newspaper, please?

I think we need to take a completely fresh look at the problem, this discussion is getting us nowhere.

This morning’s programme takes a light-hearted look at the world of acting. It promises to be very amusing.

He took a long, lingering look at his old home before setting off for the airport and a new life in New Zealand.

The book takes a critical look at modern politics in South Africa.

I’ve only had the chance to have a cursory look over the papers, so I can’t say I fully understand the problem.

I think you need to take a long, hard look at yourself. You’re becoming become selfish and self-centred. 


have look

I’ve had another look for my watch, but I still can’t find it anywhere!

take look

Our daughter took one look at the doctor’s needle and fainted there and then!

get look

We were standing at the back, so we pushed our way to the front of the crowd to get a better look at the carnival as it passed.

sneak look

I have to confess that I sneaked a look at her private diary when she was out of the room. I couldn’t believe what I read.

distant look

There was a distant look in her eyes – her mind was obviously on something else.

vacant look

Do you remember a boy in our class at primary school? His name was Dave Smithers. He wasn’t very bright and always had a vacant look in his eyes as if nobody was there!

wild look

The stranger had a wild look in her eyes. It was hard to tell if she was frightened or simply crazy.

filthy look

Why did you give me such a filthy look during the meeting? It wasn’t you I was criticizing?

curious look

We just couldn’t stop laughing. That’s why we were getting such curious looks from passers-by!

hurt look

Why have you got such a hurt look on your face? You look as through someone has just criticized you.



  • In ‘I wonder if I could have a quick look at your newspaper, please?’, a ‘good look’ is also possible.

In ‘Why did you give me such a filthy look during the meeting? It wasn’t you I was criticizing? ’, ‘dirty’ is also possible.

  • Notice these expressions:

Do you mind if I take a look around?

He put on weight and started to lose his looks.

Mary has her father’s good looks.





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