Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

size up

size up
1) look at or consider someone/something carefully before forming a judgement or making a decision
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    • size up the competition/situation
  • Analysis

    When you 'size something up' it means to look at something carefully and all of the information available before making a decision. When you 'size up' something it can also mean to make an estimate or a judgement about someone or a situation. Similar in meaning to 'weigh up' and 'make an assessment'. This is an informal phrasal verb used in social and professional contexts.

  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The company has been sizing up the United States as a possible new market for their product. If it does prove to be viable, they will look to launch there early next year.
    2. I paid a visit to the newly opened coffee shop to size up the competition. I was very impressed with what I saw.
    3. On my first day of class, I sized up all my students - I could tell that Daniel was more advanced than the others.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When the issue with the project cropped up, Harry sized up the situation very quickly and figured out a way of resolving it. 
    2. I sized the guy up and thought better about punching him.
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