have a shufti

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have a shufti

To look at something briefly. ("Shufti" originated as a military term.) Primarily heard in UK. Wait, if you're just going to donate these clothes, can I have a shufti first? Some of these dresses are cute!
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have/take a ˈshufti (at somebody/something)

(British English, informal) have a (quick) look (at somebody/something): I don’t mind having a shufti at the bike, but I can’t afford to buy it.This comes from military slang, from an Arabic word meaning try to see.
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PINCHING your pots, nicking your gnomes and having a shufti in your shed - take action now to avoid falling victim to garden theft.
Stan knew much more than I did because he was out there much longer, but our conversation would usually contain such words as: 'Having a Shufti at Shafto's' (seeing a very ancient film in a windowless hut, constructed of corrugated iron sheets).