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case the joint

1. slang To observe a place in order to familiarize oneself with its workings in preparation for some criminal activity (often robbery). Judging from the security footage, those men cased the joint hours before robbing it.
2. slang By extension, to thoroughly examine a place. In this usage, no devious motive is implied. As soon as my kids walking into the hotel room, they started casing the joint, exclaiming about everything from the TV to the mini-fridge.
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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.
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case the joint

reconnoitre a place before carrying out a robbery. informal
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case the ˈjoint

(informal) look carefully around a building so that you can plan how to steal things from it at a later time: I saw two men here earlier. Do you think they were casing the joint?
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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.
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CCTV images published by the Sunday Mercury today show the cruel crooks coolly casing the joint, then strolling up the drive to snatch Tariq's lifeline to the outside world.
It's not just the money, it's the damage and knowing that these people have probably been in my store casing the joint while we have served them a sandwich.
the robbers arrive on foot at jewellery store 2 Casing the joint.
Casing the joint is what professional burglars do, noting meticulously for weeks their quarry, his movements, his habits, his peculiarities.
It's not known whether ER's former Dr Doug Ross was simply enjoying a day at the races with friends, or casing the joint for his next heist movie.
We think someone came around earlier in the week-who our manager didn't like the look of-who was maybe casing the joint.
He may have even been casing the joint so he could come back at a later date with his mates from the nursery and pram raid the front window.
And he was even pictured casing the joint 30 minutes before he struck.
At first I thought this was burglars casing the joint, but I suspect that by now they would have either burgled me or given up.
Officers had seen the two men, Martin Hyland and Kevin de la Cruz, along with an accomplice, casing the joint, in Knutsford, Cheshire, exactly a week earlier and were lying in waitwhen they returned.
The mole goes on: "The police saw Kelly outside McFly's pad and as they didn't know he was hired by them they assumed he was casing the joint for a burglary.
One camera even pictured him casing the joint half an hour earlier.
We plumped for the old-fashioned method of ringing the doorbell after casing the joint and finding that the party venue was more secure than Fort Knox.