from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not expected; unforeseen: unlooked-for riches.
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- adj. Not expected or anticipated; unforeseen
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not looked for; unexpected.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not anticipated
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Sir Patrick said his knighthood – announced in the New Year Honours List – had been “an unlooked-for honour”.
Where the words are singular, to make them plural is the mark of unlooked-for passion; and where they are plural, the rounding of a number of things into a fine-sounding singular is surprising owing to the converse change.
A challenge in which Darth's wife face functioned as his target naturally had given him an unlooked-for advantage.
Once, after over a decade of uninterrupted victories which began in 1996 at the age of twenty-one, he was asked to explain an unlooked-for failure in a major championship.
The cart is an unlooked-for chance—we ought to take it and go… but that would leave these two old fellows to raise the alarm.
It is a story of the seamy underside of respectability and conformity, and of the discovery of unlooked-for courage.
But the running, the running has stayed with me: The lovely, unlooked-for side effect of fear.
It was an unlooked-for honor but as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theatre and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness.
Or they are unlooked-for allies and fonts of arcane knowledge to be found nowhere else.
One of the Trainees, in the pale-green of one who was still a student of Healing, came hurrying toward them, his face anxious as he realized that the resident Heralds had arrived all unlooked-for.