on closer inspection


: when examined more closely
On closer inspection, the painting proved to be a fake.

Examples of on closer inspection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are a couple of surprises on closer inspection, though, including a full-length glass roof and a large rear hatch. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2024 But on closer inspection, visitors might notice the tree stumps and exposed rock caused by erosion or feel their shoes sink into waterlogged fields. Hilary Howard, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 What looks like diamonds but on closer inspection turns out to be little more than reams of cheap polyester? Peter Debruge, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 However, on closer inspection, the hairstyle exudes beach wave vibes as well. Melanie Paukner, Glamour, 5 Dec. 2023 The setting, on closer inspection, is artifice: the mountains, a photograph; the florets, mere plastic. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 Many of them, on closer inspection, could be revealed to be galaxy mergers as old as, or older than, MACS0647-JD. Syris Valentine, Scientific American, 11 July 2023 But on closer inspection, the article is not really about the Palestinian issue at all. Michael Oren, Foreign Affairs, 31 May 2023 Only on closer inspection does the viewer note a small photocopy of Bradley’s yearbook photo, high up amid the blackness. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2023

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“On closer inspection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20closer%20inspection. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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