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  1. a brief or superficial examination or reading.

Origin of look-over

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

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British Dictionary definitions for look over

look over

  1. (intr, preposition) to inspect by making a tour of (a factory, house, etc): we looked over the country house

  2. (tr, adverb) to examine (a document, letter, etc): please look the papers over quickly

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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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.

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