run the rule over
run the rule over (one)
To examine, scrutinize, or inspect someone to see if they are worthy. Primarily heard in UK. Talent scouts for the football club have been running a rule over local players to see if there is anyone drafting up to the professional level. We've asked one of the directors to sit in on the interview and run a rule over applicants.
run the rule overexamine cursorily for correctness or adequacy. British
1998 Spectator A committee of directors will run the rule over would-be bidders.