give the once-over

give somebody/something the once-over

to quickly look at someone or something in order to make a judgment The security guard gave me the once-over but didn't bother checking my pass. Can you give my list the once-over before I hand it in?
See also: give

give somebody/something the once-over

  (informal)
to quickly look at someone or examine something in order to see what they are like The security guard gave me the once-over but didn't bother checking my pass. Can you give my essay the once-over before I hand it in?
See also: give