- a review, examination, or investigation: The accounts were given a thorough going-over.
- a severe, thorough scolding.
- a sound thrashing; beating: The hoodlums gave him a good going-over when they found him.
Origin of going-over
1870–75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase go over
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Examples from the Web for going-over
He was a mass of cuts and bruises, and he knew they must have given him quite a going-over.The Happy Unfortunate
I'll stop by in the morning, when he's awake, and give him a going-over.Feet Of Clay
What is great in man is that he is a bridge, and no goal; what can be loved in man is that he is a going-over and a going-under.Plain English
At the second going-over in her presence the topic was better shaken down, was in a more solidified form for her notebook.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- a check, examination, or investigation
- a castigation or thrashing
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