Expressions & Idioms with SEE, LOOK & WATCH

 

Last week we learned what SEE, LOOK & WATCH literally mean. Today we're going to learn 21 expressions commonly used by native English speakers. 

SEE

To see eye-to-eye means to agree with someone. I see eye-to-eye with my boss. We usually agree on most topics.

When you tell someone I see your point, it means they have just said something and you agree with that thing.

See you later is an informal way of saying goodbye.

As you are explaining something and someone says I see at the end of your explanation, it means they understand you, they can relate to what you are saying.

To see the doctor means to have an appointment with him. I'll see my accountant next week. (I have an appointment with her.) I saw the dentist last week.

Long time no see!  It’s good to see you! These are ways to greet someone.

When someone tells you something unbelievable you can say: I’ll believe it when I see it!

LOOK

To look for something means to search. We look for information on the internet. I was looking for my shoes this morning. I found them by the fireplace.

Many people say I look at the mirror, but this is incorrect. We look IN the mirror because we are looking through the glass to our reflections.

It looks like Bob didn't get much sleep last night. It means it seems like he didn't get much sleep. It is our assumption about the situation.

When someone says things are looking up, it means there was a bad situation, but now things are better.

Good-looking is another way to say beautiful or handsome. It can be used for men and women. This is a good-looking couple.

If someone tells you: You look something the cat dragged in, it's not a compliment. It means you look untidy.

When someone looks good on paper, it means they have good qualifications, good experience. Basically their CV is very impressive. But it also means that in reality they're not as good.

He's looking forward to going to the beach. It means he's excited about some activity in the near future.

To look after children means to take care of them, to monitor them to make sure they are safe and happy.

WATCH

We can also say watch children. It means the same.

This employee watches the clock all day long. It means she wants time to pass so she can leave her job.

Watch out! Look out! It means be careful, take caution.

 

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