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Pretty much that's the question. I wanna think that I have heard it used many times ("I've been looking to do that for the longest time"), but now I'm not sure. Thanks!

  • Related: english.stackexchange.com/q/51022/14666 – Kris Dec 15 '13 at 13:34
  • It's idiomatic, not an idiom yet. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/look_6 – Kris Dec 15 '13 at 13:36
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    Depends which idiom dictionary you choose – this from the Sterling Dictionary of Idioms: looking to do something: [seeking the opportunity to do something – I don't like Kumar's definition] – Edwin Ashworth Dec 15 '13 at 16:07
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    It's a simple matter of a particular sense of a verb gaining the complement pattern of its synonyms. This sense of look means 'look forward/intend/plan', and like these predicates, it takes an infinitive complement. E.g, He's looking/intending/planning to mow the lawn. Look forward, of course, has a connotation of pleasant expectancy, and takes a prepositional phrase (with a gerund) instead of an infinitive: He's looking forward to mowing the lawn. – John Lawler Dec 15 '13 at 18:04
  • Good God, I LOVE this website! Thank you so much, Kris, Edwin, and John. This is certainly one of the best places online to find information about the language. Thanks again, everybody! – Evelyn Dec 15 '13 at 20:12
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As John Lawler notes in the comments:

It's a simple matter of a particular sense of a verb gaining the complement pattern of its synonyms. This sense of look means 'look forward/intend/plan', and like these predicates, it takes an infinitive complement. E.g, He's looking/intending/planning to mow the lawn. Look forward, of course, has a connotation of pleasant expectancy, and takes a prepositional phrase (with a gerund) instead of an infinitive: He's looking forward to mowing the lawn.

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