give (something) a once-over

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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!
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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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give something a once-over

If you give something a once-over, you clean it quickly. I found a vacuum cleaner in a small cupboard and gave the carpet a once-over. When you're in the bath, give your feet a once-over with a pumice stone to remove rough skin.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

give somebody/something a/the ˈonce-over

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.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

give (someone/something) the once-over, to

To make a quick assessment or examination. An Americanism dating from the early twentieth century, once-over was defined in Dialect Notes in 1915 as “a glance.” In Elizabeth Bowen’s novel The Death of the Heart (1938), “Daphne gave the rest of the cakes a rather scornful once-over.”
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