noun Informal.
a quick look, examination, or appraisal.
a quick, superficial job: He gave the car just a once-over with a rag.

1910–15, Americanism

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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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Example sentences
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.
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