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A quick, cursory amount of attention given to someone or something, as when inspecting, reviewing, or cleaning. Can you give my paper a once-over? Just see if you spot any typos. I want you to tidy the place a little before Mary gets here. You don't need to clean every corner of the house, just a quick once-over will do. The sergeant entered the barracks and gave the soldiers a once-over to make sure their bunks and uniforms were in order.
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a quick, visual examination. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) Every time John walks by I get the once-over. Does he like me? I went to the doctor yesterday, but I only had a once-over.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- get the once-over
- give something a once-over
- give (something) a once-over
- peek in on (someone or something)
- put (someone or something) under the microscope
- put (someone or something) under a microscope
- give (one) the once-over
- give somebody/something a/the once-over
- give someone the once-over
- give someone/something the once-over