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kick the tires

verb phrase

To make a quick and superficial inspection; do cursory checking: simplistic agrarian vision bought by the war-weary nation without kicking the tires/ has asked PC Magazine to kick the tires and slam the doors

[1970s+; fr such an examination made while appraising a car]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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