Meaning of “on the face of it” in the English Dictionary

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"on the face of it" in British English

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on the face of it

C2 used when you are describing how a situation seems on the surface:

On the face of it, it seems like a bargain, but I bet there are hidden costs.

(Definition of “on the face of it” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the face of it" in American English

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on the face of it

when first considered:

The story seems simple on the face of it, but it’s really pretty complicated.

(Definition of “on the face of it” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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