once-over


once-over
noun slang
1. A quick look; a swift examination of someone or something. - Usually used with "give" or "get".

The new boy got the once-over from the rest of the class when he came in.

Bob gave his paper the once-over before handing it in.

A quick or careless job, especially of cleaning or straightening; work done hastily for now.

Ann gave her room a quick once-over-lightly with the broom and dust cloth.

"Just give my hair the once-over," Al said to the barber.

Compare: lick and a promise

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