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[loo k-in] /ˈlʊkˌɪn/
a brief glance.
a short visit.
Football. a quick pass play in which the ball is thrown to a receiver running a short diagonal pattern across the center of the field.
Origin of look-in
1840-50; noun use of verb phrase look in Unabridged
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  • But joy appears in thee again, like the look-in of the sunshine.

  • Hold 'em to that, and you'll have a look-in at a big game, soon.

  • There's no use hesitating, my son, for we have no ghost of a look-in in any other direction.

  • With you around nobody else has a look-in at the 'handsome' game.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I do give them a look-in forward every now and then, but it's precious little I can do for them.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • Im going to see that every fellow has a look-in at some time during the game.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • They had greatly improved their game since the beginning of the season, and were even thought to have a look-in for the flag.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • And, after all, they dont get even a look-in on that prize money, chuckled Bluff.

  • Here you have a mediocre lawyer with no brains and no practice, trying to get a look-in on something.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for look-in


a chance to be chosen, participate, etc
a short visit
(intransitive, adverb) often foll by on. to pay a short visit
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