on the face of it
Definition of on the face of it
: from only what is known at first On the face of it, her proposal seems ridiculous—maybe it will sound better when we learn more about it.
Word by Word Definitions
: the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes
: the face as a means of identification : countenance
: presence, sight
: to confront impudently
: to line near the edge especially with a different material
: to cover the front or surface of
Seen and Heard
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