once-over


once-over
*the once-over
a quick, visual examination. (*Typically: get \once-over; give someone \once-over.) •

Every time John walks by I get the once-over. Does he like me?

I went to the doctor yesterday, but I only had a once-over.

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{n.}, {slang} 1. A quick look; a swift examination of someone or something. - Usually used with "give" or "get". * /The new boy got the once-over from the rest of the class when he came in./ * /Bob gave his paper the once-over before handing it in./ 2. or [once-over-lightly] A quick or careless job, especially of cleaning or straightening; work done hastily for now. * /Ann gave her room a quick once-over-lightty with the broom and dust cloth./ * /"Just give my hair the once-over," Al said to the barber./ Compare: LICK AND A PROMISE.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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