What does 'On the face of it' mean?

This idiom is used when describing the way a situation appears, while allowing for the possibility that things may be different:

On the face of it, the company looks very profitable.  (The company appears to be very profitable, but this may not be the case.)

Idioms similar to 'On the face of it'

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