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    give a swift once-over

    Dear teachers,

    Could you explain to me the origin of the expression in bold below?

    Anyway, when I sat down and ordered a bowl of soup I saw the truck drivers giving me the once-over.

    once-over = a quick but comprehensive survey or performance:
    Let's give this memorandum the once-over.

    once over = a swift cursory examination or inspection
    once-over = a passing glance/ a cursory glance

    Would you be kind enough explain to me the sence of this expression? Must I learn by heart so many different expression without insight in their gist?

    Taking her eyes from the man onstage, she gave the punters a swift once-over.
    Jeanette gave her a quick once-over.
    Could you give it a once-over ?
    The 1922 Once-Over tillage system allowed users to plough, power harrow and inject carbon dioxide to boost….

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: give a swift once-over

    Hi vil

    Verb give the once over - look at with a critical eye; e.g., "When the movie star entered, all the women gave him the once over".

    give the once over - definition of give the once over by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.


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    Re: give a swift once-over

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your elucidatory reply. Thank you also for the complementary link which enlarge doubtless my knowledge concerning the expression in question.

    Regards.

    V.

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