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1. To make a preliminary investigation, inspection, or analysis of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scope" and "out." We need to scope out some locations for the music video this weekend. Someone's gotta scope the joint out before we can hit it.
2. verb, slang To look with interest at someone who one finds attractive. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scope" and "out." He spent the whole date scoping out other girls, so, no, I don't think it went very well. There's some girl at the bar scoping you out, Chris—you should go over and talk to her.
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scope someone or something out
Sl. to look someone or something over; to check someone or something out. Hey, scope the new car out! Dave was scoping out all the girls.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To make a preliminary inspection of something: The crew scoped out possible locations for the movie. Before the thieves robbed the bank, they spent weeks scoping it out.
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.
scope someone out
tv. to look someone over; to check someone out. Dave was scoping out all the girls.
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