noun[in singular] informal
1A thorough cleaning or inspection: give the place a going-over with the Hoover
More example sentences
- But, apart from some emollient phrases from the Association of British Insurers, the industry's leading companies were at best muted in their joy at learning that these two types of insurance are to be given a thorough going-over.
- Nonetheless, no one would assert that Mamet is unobservant or lacks internal fire, and when he turns his attention to institutions that deserve a thorough going-over, he may be just the man for the job.
- When will he understand that his department is out of control and needs a thorough going-over from top to bottom?
informal vacuum, once-over
1.1A physical or verbal attack: he got a good going-over, I can tell you
beating, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, battering, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambasting;
North American bullwhipping
informal beating-up, duffing-up, doing-over, belting, bashing, pasting, walloping, whacking, clobbering, slugging, tanning, biffing, bopping, hiding
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