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pocket-sized

Said of an item that is small enough in size that it could, at least hypothetically, fit inside one's pocket. I have a pocket-sized pack of tissues in my purse, if you need one. I love going through my grandparents' massive unabridged dictionary—it puts my pocket-sized version to shame!

size up

To observe and form an opinion about or estimation of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "size" and "up." I strolled around the arena sizing up the competition. Always size up a car in person before you agree to buy it. I sized you up the minute you walked in the room.
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size someone or something up

to observe someone or something to get information; to check someone or something out. The comedian sized the audience up and decided not to use his new material. I like to size up a situation before I act.
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size up

Make an estimate, opinion, or judgment of, as in She sized up her opponent and decided to withdraw from the election. This usage transfers measuring the size of something to broader meaning. [Late 1800s]
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size up

v.
To make an estimate, opinion, or judgment of someone or something: She sized up her opponent. He sized the location up.
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