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    • Join Date: Aug 2004
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    #1

    don't look now, but...

    What does the phrase "Don't look now, but..." means?

    Don't look now, but the dean is watching.

    Don't look now, but Tablet PCs are on the rise.


    • Join Date: Jul 2007
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    #2

    Re: don't look now, but...

    It really just means what it says.

    Don't look now, but
    the dean is watching.

    Here two or more people are talking and perhaps are doing something or about to do something bad. One notices that they are being watched and warns the other(s). She/he doesn't want the dean to realise that he/she has been noticed and so tells the others not to look at him/her before warning that they are being watched.


    Don't look now, but
    Tablet PCs are on the rise.

    This is less clear. I can only assume that it came from an advertising context but without the full context I can only guess that for some reason the speaker does not want to draw the attention of nearby people to the fact that Tablet PCs are on the rise.

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