at a glance
Definition of at a glance
: with a quick look She was able to identify the problem at a glance.
Word by Word Definitions
: to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle
: to make sudden quick movements
: to flash or gleam with quick intermittent rays of light
: a quick intermittent flash or gleam
: a sudden quick movement
: a rapid oblique movement
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up at a glance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).