look-over

[ look-oh-ver ]
/ ˈlɒɒkˌoʊ vər /

noun

a brief or superficial examination or reading.

Origin of look-over

First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase look over

Definition for look over (2 of 2)

Origin of look

before 900; (v.) Middle English lōk(i)en, Old English lōcian; cognate with Middle Dutch lœken, akin to dialectal German lugen to look out; (noun) Middle English loke act of looking, glance, countenance, derivative of the v.
SYNONYMS FOR look
1 See watch.
6 See seem.
16 gaze, glance.
17 appearance, air.
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British Dictionary definitions for look over (1 of 2)

look over


verb

(intr, preposition) to inspect by making a tour of (a factory, house, etc)we looked over the country house
(tr, adverb) to examine (a document, letter, etc)please look the papers over quickly

noun lookover

an inspection: often, specifically, a brief or cursory one

British Dictionary definitions for look over (2 of 2)

look

/ (lʊk) /

verb (mainly intr)

noun

sentence connector

an expression demanding attention or showing annoyance, determination, etclook, I've had enough of this

Word Origin for look

Old English lōcian; related to Middle Dutch læken, Old High German luogen to look out

usage

See at like 1
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Idioms and Phrases with look over (1 of 2)

look over


Also, look up and down. Examine or inspect something or someone. For example, Jerry was looking over the books when he found an error, or They looked the new boy up and down. The first expression dates from the mid-1400s, the variant from the late 1800s.

Idioms and Phrases with look over (2 of 2)

look


In addition to the idioms beginning with look

  • look after
  • look a gift horse in the mouth
  • look alive
  • look as if butter wouldn't melt
  • look askance
  • look back
  • look before you leap
  • look black
  • look blank
  • look daggers
  • look down on
  • look for
  • look forward to
  • look in on
  • look into
  • look like
  • look like a million dollars
  • look like death
  • look like something the cat dragged in
  • look like the cat that ate the canary
  • look on
  • look on the bright side
  • look out
  • look out for
  • look over
  • look sharp
  • look sideways at
  • look someone in the face
  • look the other way
  • look through rose-colored glasses
  • look to
  • look to one's laurels
  • look up
  • look up and down
  • look up to
  • look who's talking

also see:

  • (look on the) bright side
  • dirty look
  • make someone look good
  • take a look at
  • things are looking up
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