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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.
Translations of “on the face of it”
in Chinese (Traditional) 從表面看, 乍看起來…
in Chinese (Simplified) 从表面看, 乍看起来…
(Definition of on the face of it from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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