at sight meaning

  "at sight" in a sentence
[American slang]
adv. phr. 1. The first time the person or thing is seen; as soon as the person or thing is seen. First graders learn to read many words on sight. Mary had seen many pictures of Grandfather, so she knew him on sight.
Compare: AT ONCE1. 2. On demand, on asking the first time. The money order was payable at sight.


(Finance )

written on a bill of exchange to show that the bill should be paid immediately:

We only accept payment at sight.


The words used on a bill of exchange to indicate that payment is due on presentation.


after date, after sight.


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  1. the virgins at sight of him fled in all directions.
  2. miranda was smitten at sight of the ring and wished to have it.
  3. durberville's bad temper cleared up at sight of hers; and he laughed heartily.
  4. to him, now entered charles darnay, at sight of whom he laid aside his book and held out his hand.
  5. shirley placed at her disposal 300 pounds, and at sight of the money miss ainley's eyes filled with joyful tears.

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