look (one) up and down

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look (one) up and down

To visually inspect someone in a blatant and often tactless manner. When I stepped into the office, the boss looked me up and down before telling me to take a seat. I looked the strange woman up and down, wondering if she were really here to help me or just another spy.
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look up and down (for someone or something)

to look everywhere for someone or something. Where is Kelly? I looked up and down for her. I can't find her. I looked up and down, but no Kelly.
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look up and down something

to gaze up and then down something, such as a street. We looked up and down the street and saw no cars, no houses, and no people. Mary looked up and down the highway, but she could not find her lost hubcap.
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look up and down

see under look over.
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look someone up and down

scrutinize someone carefully.
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look somebody ˌup and ˈdown

(informal) openly look at somebody from head to foot in a way that makes them feel embarrassed: When I started working there, I could feel people looking me up and down and wondering what I was like.
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