at first blush


: when first seen or considered
At first blush, the proposal seems ridiculous.

Examples of at first blush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So at first blush, average citizens might well be confused. Ron Elving, NPR, 15 June 2024 Washington and Seoul Must Heal Their Alliance The pairing of President Joe Biden and President Moon Jae-in might seem at first blush to forecast a stronger alliance. Bonnie S. Glaser, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 What may seem more surprising, at first blush, is that the factory farm industry’s campaign to force animals back into immobilizing cages has drawn support from a broader swath of authorities, including the Biden administration. Marina Bolotnikova, Vox, 4 June 2024 That figure might sound high at first blush, but it was essentially tied for last place among the issues polled with the Russia-Ukraine war (58 percent). Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 3 May 2024 State, which may, at first blush, seem an unconventional Cinderella. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 So, at first blush, the decision to sit Conley was a little puzzling — not that there’s anything wrong with giving a 36-year-old guard the occasional day off. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 22 Jan. 2024 Yes, Trump is miles ahead of his primary opponents in the polls and a state party rule change may sound, at first blush, like nothing more than a technical detail. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2023 Jacksonville State Maybe at first blush, seeing first-year FBS member Jacksonville State top a borderline bowl team like UTEP 17-14 could raise an eyebrow. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2023

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“At first blush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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