Definition of once-over in English:

Share this entry

once-over

Pronunciation: /ˈwʌnsəʊvə/

noun

informal
1A rapid search or inspection: some doctor came and gave us a once-over
More example sentences
  • I gave him a once-over as he looked at me oddly because of my strange comment.
  • She gave him a once-over and nodded in approval.
  • Sparhawk took the plans and gave them a once-over.
1.1A piece of work that is done quickly: give the floor a quick once-over with a broom
More example sentences
  • But a quick once-over with an old toothbrush quickly put things right.
  • He forced himself to open his eyes and work the rest of the paint from his face and hair, giving himself a quick once-over with the soap.
  • Any CORGI-registered gas installer should be able to give your boiler a quick once-over to make sure it is working smoothly.
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.