Once-over



[wuhns-oh-ver] /ˈwʌnsˌoʊ vər/

noun, Informal.
1.
a quick look, examination, or appraisal.
2.
a quick, superficial job:
He gave the car just a once-over with a rag.
noun (informal)
1.
a quick examination or appraisal
2.
a quick but comprehensive piece of work
3.
a violent beating or thrashing (esp in the phrase give (a person or thing) the (or a) once-over)
n.

“inspection,” 1913, from once + over.

noun phrase

A hasty cursory performance or preparation; a LICK AND A PROMISE: a razor for a hasty once-over (1940s+)

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