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leaf through (something)
To peruse a book, magazine, or other reading material by casually turning the pages, often without much attention or scrutiny. I leafed through a few fashion magazines while waiting at the doctor's office. I leafed through your proposal, and even at first glance I can tell you that it won't be approved by the board.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Turn pages, as in browsing or searching for something. For example, There she sat, leafing through the various catalogs. This expression employs leaf in the sense of "turn over the leaves of a book," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
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.
To go through some reading material quickly or superficially, turning from page to page, as in searching or browsing: On Sunday mornings, I leaf through the newspaper while eating breakfast.
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.