Definition of Give the once over

1. Verb. Look at with a critical eye. "Sam cannot give the once over Sue "; "When the movie star entered, all the women gave him the once over"

Exact synonyms: Give The Eye
Generic synonyms: Look

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Give The Once Over

give something a try
give something up as a bad job
give stick
give suck
give thanks
give the axe
give the boot
give the bounce
give the devil his due
give the elbow
give the eye
give the finger
give the gate
give the glad eye
give the lie to
give the once over (current term)
give the sack
give the store away
give the time of day
give thought
give tongue to
give two hoots
give up
give up the ghost
give vent
give voice
give way
give weight
give what for

Literary usage of Give the once over

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1. Banner Bearers: Tales of the Suffrage Campaigns by Oreola (Williams) Haskell (1920)
"If he wants to read about suffrage why can't he give the once over to the daily news—it's chuck full of us and OUT doings and ..."

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