give (something) the once-over

give (something) the once-over

1. To review, inspect, or examine something in a quick or cursory fashion. Can you give my paper the once-over? Just see if you spot any typos. Make sure you give those figures the once-over to make sure they are correct.
2. To clean something in a quick or cursory fashion. Just give those shelves the once-over because Grandma will be here any minute!
See also: give
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give someone/something the once-over

or

give someone/something a once-over

INFORMAL
If you give someone or something the once-over or a once-over, you look at them or examine them quickly. Penny gives me the once-over. I'm wearing a bright jacket that'll go down well with European viewers, she says. Could you give this email a once-over before I send it, please? Note: You can also just talk about a once-over. You could bring the car to a mechanic for a once-over.
See also: give, someone, something
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

give somebody/something a/the ˈonce-over

(informal)
1 look at somebody/something quickly to see what they are/it is like: The landlord gave the house the once-over to check if anything was broken or missing.
2 clean something quickly: She gave the room a quick once-over before the guests arrived.
See also: give, somebody, something
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