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run the rule over (one)
To examine, scrutinize, or inspect someone to see if they are worthy. Primarily heard in UK. Talent scouts for the football club have been running a rule over local players to see if there is anyone drafting up to the professional level. We've asked one of the directors to sit in on the interview and run a rule over applicants.
run the rule overexamine cursorily for correctness or adequacy. British
1998 Spectator A committee of directors will run the rule over would-be bidders.