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At first blush Explained

At first blush at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Blush \Blush\, n.
1. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a
sense of shame, confusion, or modesty.

The rosy blush of love. --Trumbull.

2. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.

Light's last blushes tinged the distant hills.

{At first blush}, or {At the first blush}, at the first
appearance or view. ``At the first blush, we thought they
had been ships come from France.'' --Hakluyt.

Note: This phrase is used now more of ideas, opinions, etc.,
than of material things. ``All purely identical
propositions, obviously, and at first blush, appear,''
etc. --Locke.

{To put to the blush}, to cause to blush with shame; to put
to shame.

First \First\, a. [OE. first, furst, AS. fyrst; akin to Icel.
fyrstr, Sw. & Dan. f["o]rste, OHG. furist, G. f["u]rst
prince; a superlatiye form of E. for, fore. See {For},
{Fore}, and cf. {Formeer}, {Foremost}.]
1. Preceding all others of a series or kind; the ordinal of
one; earliest; as, the first day of a month; the first
year of a reign.

2. Foremost; in front of, or in advance of, all others.

3. Most eminent or exalted; most excellent; chief; highest;
as, Demosthenes was the first orator of Greece.

{At first blush}. See under {Blush}.

{At first hand}, from the first or original source; without
the intervention of any agent.

It is the intention of the person to reveal it at
first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself. --Dickens.

{First coat} (Plastering), the solid foundation of coarse
stuff, on which the rest is placed; it is thick, and
crossed with lines, so as to give a bond for the next

{First day}, Sunday; -- so called by the Friends.

{First floor}.
(a) The ground floor. [U.S.]
(b) The floor next above the ground floor. [Eng.]

{First} {fruit or fruits}.
(a) The fruits of the season earliest gathered.
(b) (Feudal Law) One year's profits of lands belonging to
the king on the death of a tenant who held directly
from him.
(c) (Eng. Eccl. Law) The first year's whole profits of a
benefice or spiritual living.
(d) The earliest effects or results.

See, Father, what first fruits on earth are
sprung From thy implanted grace in man!

{First mate}, an officer in a merchant vessel next in rank to
the captain.

{First name}, same as {Christian name}. See under {Name}, n.

{First officer} (Naut.), in the merchant service, same as
{First mate} (above).

{First sergeant} (Mil.), the ranking non-commissioned officer
in a company; the orderly sergeant. --Farrow.

{First watch} (Naut.), the watch from eight to twelve at
midnight; also, the men on duty during that time.

{First water}, the highest quality or purest luster; -- said
of gems, especially of diamond and pearls.

Syn: Primary; primordial; primitive; primeval; pristine;
highest; chief; principal; foremost.

at first blush at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

at first blush
adv : as a first impression; "at first blush the offer seemed
attractive" [syn: {when first seen}]

at first blush at English (WD) Of Explained:

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  • Inter: idiomati » c Upon first impression or consideration; seemingly, apparently, ostensibly.
    1. 1990, Nicolas Wolfson, Corporate First Amendment: Rights and the Sec, Quorum Books (1990), ISBN 0899304508, page 1:
    2. : At first blush it appears rather strange to consider for even a moment the possibility that corporate financial and business disclosure rises to the dignity of speech protected by the First Amendment.
    3. 2008, Dennis Martin Altman, The First Liberal: A Secular Look at Jesus Socio-Political Ideas and How They Become the Basis of Modern Liberalism'', iUniverse (2008), ISBN 9780595430536, page 47:
    4. : That may sound innocent at first blush, but a phrase like "American leadership is good … for the world" is a signal that these people want to impose their will on others; and when military strength and moral principle are added, the caution flag must be raised.
    5. 2012, Cynthia Garner, Secret of the Wolf, Forever (2012), ISBN 9781455510764, unnumbered page:
    6. : At first blush it seemed the attacks by the werewolf were random.


      Inter: trans-top » upon first impression or consideration

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
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    Translation: et » at first blush