Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) a quick check or examination of something/someone
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give something a/the once-over
When you give something a/the 'once-over', it means to examine it or glance over it: "I heard you have some medical training. Would you mind giving me a once-over? I hit my head." It can also be used to talk about cleaning something quickly: "I want to give the kitchen a once-over before the guests arrive." This is used in professional and social contexts. Similar expressions include 'a quick glance' and 'a look over.'
Social Examples (Advance)
Give your hotel room a once-overbefore you leave, in case you've forgotten something.
The security guard at the airport gave me the once-over, but he obviously didn't think I looked suspicious because he let me pass without saying anything.
Professional Examples (Basic)
I've already read through my article a number of times looking for mistakes, but before I submit it I'm going to ask Jane to give it a once-over just in case I missed anything.
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