case the joint

case the joint

 
1. Sl. to look over some place to figure out how to break in, what to steal, etc. (Underworld.) First of all you gotta case the joint to see where things are. You could see he was casing the joint the way he hung around.
2. Sl. to look a place over. The dog came in and cased the joint, sniffing out friends and foes. The old lady entered slowly, casing the joint for someone of her own age, and finally took a seat.
See also: case, joint

case the joint

1. tv. to look over some place to figure out how to break in, what to steal, etc. (see also joint.) First of all you gotta case the joint to see where things are.
2. tv. to look a place over. (No criminal intent. From sense 1) The dog came in and cased the joint, sniffing out friends and foes.
See also: case, joint
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You'll case the joint for surveillance cameras, alarms and escape routes before returning for the loot.
But Gwilym Owen was recognised because he had been at the Bob Jones Bookmakers premises at Penygroes to case the joint in previous days.
Recorder Richard Atkins told him: "You got yourself smartened up in a suit, and you looked like a young professional when you went to case the joint.
He had become someone I trusted - but I know now he was only in all those times to case the joint.
I could not stay long because of the double yellow lines and police proximity, so I took a betting slip, wrote "have run over cat, am consoling owner", placed it on my windscreen and had 15 minutes inside - long enough to case the joint and relieve them of seven times the number of pounds 50 notes that I had come in with.
I mean, it's only natural that when you move to one of the dodgiest parts of London you're going to want to invite all your new neighbours round to case the joint, isn't it?
Their plan is for Macleane to worm his way into high society houses so he can case the joint before they move in for the kill.
Also re-join line to backing in case the joint is rotten and breaks.
There was a muttered conversation and several pairs of eyes seemed to case the joint.