take (one's) measure

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take (one's) measure

To evaluate someone or something; to judge the qualities of someone or something. The boss wants to take the new intern's measure by having him complete this project on his own. Be sure to take the car's measure with a test drive before you buy it. I didn't mind your dad's questions, I know he was just taking my measure.
See also: measure, take

take someone's measure

Also, take the measure of someone. Size someone up, evaluate someone or something, as in At their first meeting, heads of state generally try to take each other's measure, or The voters are taking the measure of the union's demands. [Mid-1600s]
See also: measure, take
References in classic literature ?
Three hundred tailors were employed in the same manner to make me clothes; but they had another contrivance for taking my measure. I kneeled down, and they raised a ladder from the ground to my neck; upon this ladder one of them mounted, and let fall a plumb-line from my collar to the floor, which just answered the length of my coat: but my waist and arms I measured myself.