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once-over

[wuhns-oh-ver] /ˈwʌnsˌoʊ vər/
noun, Informal.
1.
a quick look, examination, or appraisal.
2.
a quick, superficial job:
He gave the car just a once-over with a rag.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for once over

once-over

noun (informal)
1.
a quick examination or appraisal
2.
a quick but comprehensive piece of work
3.
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

once-over

n.

"inspection," 1913, from once + over.

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Slang definitions & phrases for once over

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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