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[wuhns-oh-ver] /ˈwʌnsˌoʊ vər/
noun, Informal.
a quick look, examination, or appraisal.
a quick, superficial job:
He gave the car just a once-over with a rag.
Origin of once-over
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Have a mechanic give your vehicle a once-over before heading out if you're not confident in your own mechanical abilities.
  • Have a mechanic give it the once-over and a tune-up.
  • And while you're at it, give your homeowner's policy a once-over.
  • Those who do typically give themselves a once-over standing in the shower.
British Dictionary definitions for once-over


noun (informal)
a quick examination or appraisal
a quick but comprehensive piece of work
a violent beating or thrashing (esp in the phrase give (a person or thing) the (or a) once-over)
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Word Origin and History for once-over

"inspection," 1913, from once + over.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for once-over


noun phrase

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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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