look at vs peer back in at

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Hi, everyone:

(1)A woman glancing out a kitchen window in this bedroom community just west of New York City was startled to find a black bear peering back in at her.

(2)"I was making a pot of coffee, and I turned around and there he was in the window looking at me," said Lorraine Grossman.

Could you please tell me the difference between the two phrases?

Best wishes.
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    One of the definitions of "peer" is "to look intently", Hly2004. Accordingly, there's not really much difference in meaning between your two sentences. I'm not even sure whether I would recognize whether a bear was "peering" or just "looking" in that situation!:)

    I think the writer of the article was just trying not to be repetitive and used "peer" and "look" for that reason.
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