- a hasty or superficial treatment, look, examination, etc.; once-over: The maid gave the room the once-over-lightly.
Origin of once-over-lightly
First recorded in 1940–45
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Idioms and Phrases with once over lightly
once over lightly
Cursorily, quickly, as in I did go over the program once over lightly, but perhaps I should read it more carefully. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
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