Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Monday January 4, 2010

vistazo, noun:
look; glance

Sometimes people want to have a quick look at something. A phrase they often use is dar un vistazo a to have a quick look at:

No he tenido tiempo más que para dar un vistazo al informe.
I’ve only had time to have a quick look at the report.

You also use it with the verb echar:

Sólo hay que echar un vistazo a las cifras para comprender la gravedad de la situación.
You only have to glance at the figures to realize how serious the situation is.

You can use vistazo outside these two phrases, as in:

En un primer vistazo a Trafalgar Square nadie lo nota.
At first glance you don’t notice it on Trafalgar Square.

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