[loo k-see] /ˈlʊkˌsi/

noun, Informal.
a visual inspection or survey; look; examination:
have a look-see.
(informal) a brief inspection or look

“inspection,” 1865, “Pidgin-like formation” [OED], and first used in representations of English as spoken by Chinese, from look (v.) + see (v.).


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