by sight


I know the girl by sight, but I have never had a chance to talk to her.

I only know the meaning "by sight" vaguely. When I closely examine it, I find it hard to interpret it--does "by sight" mean I ony see her once, a few times, or many times? What do you think? Thanks.
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It means that you recognize her as someone you've seen before, probably a few times, at least. People who travel regularly on the same train often know each other by sight, without ever having spoken.
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