At first blush
Blush Blush, n. 1. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty. [1913 Webster]

The rosy blush of love. --Trumbull. [1913 Webster]

2. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint. [1913 Webster]

Light's last blushes tinged the distant hills. --Lyttleton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • at first blush — {adv. phr.} When first seen; without careful study. * /At first blush the offer looked good, but when we studied it, we found things we could not accept./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at first blush — {adv. phr.} When first seen; without careful study. * /At first blush the offer looked good, but when we studied it, we found things we could not accept./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • At first blush — First First (f[ e]rst), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at first blush — ► at first blush at the first glimpse or impression. Main Entry: ↑blush …   English terms dictionary

  • at first blush — adverb as a first impression at first blush the offer seemed attractive • Syn: ↑when first seen * * * at first blush phrase when you first think about or see something At first blush it looks like any other car. Thesaurus: from or at the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at\ first\ blush — adv. phr. When first seen; without careful study. At first blush the offer looked good, but when we studied it, we found things we could not accept …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at first blush — when first seen, without careful study At first blush he seemed like a good worker but later we had many problems with him …   Idioms and examples

  • at first blush — mainly American when you first start to think about something. His decision isn t as odd as it may seem at first blush …   New idioms dictionary

  • at first blush — when you first think about or see something At first blush it looks like any other car …   English dictionary

  • at first blush — idi at first glance or consideration …   From formal English to slang

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