look under the hood

look under the hood

1. To examine, service, or repair a car's engine. (A hood is the hinged metal lid that covers the engine of a car.) You should let my uncle look under the hood—he knows more about cars than anyone I know! My car was making funny noises on the highway, so I've got a mechanic looking under the hood at the moment.
2. To examine the internal workings of some computer software, system, or machine. The program is very smooth and intuitive for the end user, but it's actually incredibly complex if you look under the hood. A: "My computer has been really slow ever since its latest update." B: "Let me look under the hood—you might need to install some more RAM."
3. To investigate the internal workings of some group, organization, or network of people. Once I started looking under the hood of the administration, I began to notice a pattern of corruption that was impossible to deny or ignore. While technically a charity, if you look under the hood you'll see an intricate web of shell companies designed to net the CEOs an exorbitant profit.
4. To examine or investigate one's brain or mind. There is absolutely no shame in going to a counselor or therapist every now and then to look under the hood. They want to run an fMRI to look under the hood and be sure there isn't some underlying damage to the frontal cortex.
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look under the hood

to examine the engine of a car; to check the oil, water, and other such routine items associated with the engine of a car. I finished putting gas in. I need to look under the hood. Do you want me to look under the hood, sir?
See also: hood, look
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When you look under the hood, there are complicated and potentially very messy issues," a Senate Democratic aide stated.
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Just as with a new car, you need to look under the hood before committing to a solution.
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They want to see the gears; they want to look under the hood a little bit more.
That said, we think it's time to look under the hood, which is our theme for the conference.