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[loo k-see] /ˈlʊkˌsi/
noun, Informal.
a visual inspection or survey; look; examination:
have a look-see.
Origin of look-see
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Im going back to the office to have a look-see at the books and files.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
  • After you went to bed that night, I drove up here to have a look-see.

  • look-see, Chelakee braves make haste for load horses down yonder now!

    The Master of Appleby

    Francis Lynde
  • The next morning we turned out early, and got our first real “look-see.”

  • Do you think I have forgotten the day we were out having a look-see, five of us, and spotted five Albatrosses below?

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • His need was to establish himself as a moderately square tourist on his way to take a look-see at highly publicized Russia.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The pilot licked dry lips and wondered what would happen if he swung down there and just walked in for a look-see.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • That swift opening run through the outer portal of Hell Gate offered about the only chance I had for a “look-see.”

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • That was a snap judgment, formed after the briefest kind of a “look-see,” and it may well be that I was over optimistic.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • When you carry weapons like that for protection never put it in your pocket without a look-see.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for look-see


(informal) a brief inspection or look
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for look-see

"inspection," 1865, "Pidgin-like formation" [OED], and first used in representations of English as spoken by Chinese, from look (v.) + see (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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