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check on (someone or something)

To check the status, condition, or wellbeing of someone or something through an inspection or visit. We need to check on grandma and see how she is coping with all this snow. I just checked on the baby, and he's still sleeping. Can you check on the dryer and tell me if it's still running?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

check on someone or something

to look into the legitimacy or condition of someone or something. Sarah will check on the matter and report to us. I will check on Jeff while he's not feeling well.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

check on

Also, check up on ; check over. Investigate, scrutinize, or inspect, as in I'll check on the brakes and make sure they're all right, or We need to check up on his work from time to time, or Let's check over the books together. [Late 1800s] Also see check out, def. 6.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

check on

or check up on
v.
To inspect someone or something that one is supervising or watching over: I checked on the meatloaf in the oven to see if it was ready to eat. Go upstairs to check up on the children and make sure they're all asleep.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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