give (someone or something) a/the once-over

idiom

Definition of give (someone or something) a/the once-over

: to look at or examine (someone or something) in a quick way
  • I saw him giving me a/the once-over.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

once-over play
  1. : a swift examination or survey


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