give someone/something the once-over

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give (one) the once-over

1. To inspect or examine one quickly. Make sure you give everyone the once-over before they come into the club. We don't want anyone bringing in anything dangerous. Let me give you the once-over to make sure your outfit looks all right.
2. To look at one in a way that conveys interest, often sexual interest. That cute guy is definitely giving you the once-over—you should go talk to him!
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give (something) a once-over

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


give someone/something a once-over

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.
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