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[goh-ing-oh-ver] /ˈgoʊ ɪŋˈoʊ vər/
noun, plural goings-over
[goh-ingz-oh-ver] /ˈgoʊ ɪŋzˈoʊ vər/ (Show IPA)
a review, examination, or investigation:
The accounts were given a thorough going-over.
a severe, thorough scolding.
a sound thrashing; beating:
The hoodlums gave him a good going-over when they found him.
Origin of going-over
1870-75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase go over Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I'll stop by in the morning, when he's awake, and give him a going-over.

    Feet Of Clay Phillip Hoskins
  • What is great in man is that he is a bridge, and no goal; what can be loved in man is that he is a going-over and a going-under.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • He was a mass of cuts and bruises, and he knew they must have given him quite a going-over.

    The Happy Unfortunate Robert Silverberg
  • At the second going-over in her presence the topic was better shaken down, was in a more solidified form for her notebook.

British Dictionary definitions for going-over


noun (informal) (pl) goings-over
a check, examination, or investigation
a castigation or thrashing
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