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on the face of it

when first ​considered: The ​storyseemssimple on the face of it, but it’s really ​prettycomplicated.
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on the face of it

C2 used when you are ​describing how a ​situationseems on the ​surface: On the face of it, it ​seems like a ​bargain, but I ​bet there are ​hiddencosts.
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Translations of “on the face of it”
in Chinese (Simplified) 从表面看, 乍看起来…
in Chinese (Traditional) 從表面看, 乍看起來…
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