At the 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]


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  • 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… …   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 — at the first glimpse or impression. → blurt out …   English new 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

  • first blush — noun at the first glimpse or impression at first blush the idea possesses considerable intuitive appeal but on closer examination it fails • Hypernyms: ↑impression, ↑feeling, ↑belief, ↑notion, ↑opinion * * * first blush ▪ At the first glance or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — {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

  • first blush — n: initial view, appearance, or consideration used esp. in the phrase at first blush an award can be set aside as excessive if at first blush it indicates prejudice on the part of the jury Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster.… …   Law 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

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