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Look the Part

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 21, 2005

In Reply to: Look the Part posted by MM on November 21, 2005

: Look the Part

: What does it mean to say someone "looks the part"?

: Thanks!

"Part" here is used in the sense of "role in a play or film". When casting a production, the director might say of an actor "not him, he's a good actor but he just doesn't look the part" - i.e. his face doesn't suit the role. In a more general sense, we say that somebody "looks the part" if they are dressed or equipped appropriately and convincingly for something.