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once-over

Meaning: a quick inspection or search

For example:

  • Before paying for the car, I had a mechanic give it a quick once-over to make sure it was in good condition.

  • The army recruits were given the once-over by a doctor. He checked their heart, lungs, eyesight, hearing, reflexes and their private parts.

Quick Quiz:

Before buying a dog, you should give it a once-over to
  1. check its condition
  2. see if it can do tricks
  3. see how high it jumps

Discuss: once-over

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