once-over

This page is about the slang term 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

a. check its condition

b. see if it can do tricks

c. see how high it jumps

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Contributor: Matt Errey