Sight Unseen

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Sight Unseen

Describing a bid to buy a good or other asset without seeing it first. For example, one may purchase a house through an agent without ever going to the house oneself. Another example would be an offer to buy a rare coin after reading a description without actually seeing it.
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Even when I was safe on the other side I had a long distance to go on the mud and sand before I reached dry ground, and very tired I was, when far in front of me I caught sight of a castle of red copper, which, at first sight, I took to be a fire.
It is astonishing how much the Art -- or I may almost call it instinct -- of Sight Recognition is developed by the habitual practice of it and by the avoidance of the custom of "Feeling".
And then she was dragged out of my sight into the depths of the deserted edifice.
He was a hundred yards away, perhaps, when one of the whites caught sight of him.
The Martians had taken away the excavating- machine, and, save for a fighting-machine that stood in the remoter bank of the pit and a handling-machine that was buried out of my sight in a corner of the pit immedi- ately beneath my peephole, the place was deserted by them.
Before our talk on this subject came to a conclusion we were rushing by the place where Christian's burden fell from his shoulders at the sight of the Cross.
Because," he answered slowly, "I have a conviction which seems to answer all the conditions of second sight.
Village after village rang with yells of terror and astonishment at the sight of the Victoria, and Dr.
This time I had made no mistake; and--I say it as a proof of how little we think of others when our own safety, pride, or reputation is in question--I was brute enough to feel delighted at the sight.
For thus it was: at the sight of these two roads, two voices began to alarum within him, the one crying, "There lies the road to the Blue Boar Inn, a can of brown October, and a merry night with sweet companions such as thou mayst find there"; the other, "There lies the way to Ancaster and the duty thou art sent upon.
Rows of brown backs paused for a moment and then leapt with a motion as if they were springing over waves out of sight.
At the sight of it I lost no time in directing my course toward it, for I had long since made up my mind to return to Phutra and give myself up that I might be once more with Perry and Ghak the Hairy One.