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have a shufti

To look at something briefly. ("Shufti" originated as a military term.) Primarily heard in UK. Wait, if you're just going to donate these clothes, can I have a shufti first? Some of these dresses are cute!
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have/take a ˈshufti (at somebody/something)

(British English, informal) have a (quick) look (at somebody/something): I don’t mind having a shufti at the bike, but I can’t afford to buy it.This comes from military slang, from an Arabic word meaning try to see.
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That, at least, is what mayor Istvan Tarlos said had been discovered during a recent shufti at the archives.
In a way I'm sorry for Bernie because he didn't see it coming, whereas any woman could have guessed that an attractive potential billionairess with the children off her hands and an eye for the future would at least consider it was time to take a shufti at the alternatives.
If you've a few Egyptian pounds left after you've been to have a shufti at the Pyramids or cruised down the Nile, get it spent.
Stan knew much more than I did because he was out there much longer, but our conversation would usually contain such words as: 'Having a Shufti at Shafto's' (seeing a very ancient film in a windowless hut, constructed of corrugated iron sheets).
After a shufti at the cameras, he suddenly scaled the wall and stood at the top, staring out of the compound.
They usually have a poke around in the lingerie drawer to see if something takes their fancy, a rifle through the jewellery box and a quick shufti in the wardrobe.