once-over-lightly

once-over-lightly

 
1. Fig. a quick and careless treatment. (A noun. Said of an act of cleaning, studying, examination, or appraisal.) Bill gave his geometry the once-over-lightly and then quit studying. Ann, you didn't wash the dishes properly. They only got a once-over-lightly.
2. Fig. cursory; in a quick and careless manner. (An adverb.) Tom studied geometry once-over-lightly. Ann washed the dishes once-over-lightly.
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Layout, as well as the once-over-lightly tone, of this small book make it suited to browsing rather than research, even at an elementary level.
This is a once-over-lightly introduction to the relatively new sport of canyoneering.
The author, Steven Krauzer, wrote for Outside Magazine and it shows in this once-over-lightly treatment on ocean, flat water, and whitewater kayaking.