take a dim view

Definition of take a dim view

  1. :  to have a negative opinion They take a dim view of the country's current foreign policy.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  emitting or having a limited or insufficient amount of light

    :  dull, lusterless

    :  lacking pronounced, clear-cut, or vigorous quality or character

  1. :  to make dim or lusterless

    :  to reduce the light from

    :  to become dim

  1. :  dusk, dimness

    :  low beam

  1. : dimension

    : diminished

    : diminuendo

  1. :  extent or range of vision :  sight

    :  the act of seeing or examining :  inspection

    :  survey

  1. :  to look at attentively :  scrutinize, observe

    :  see, watch

    :  to look on in a particular light :  regard

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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