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View synonyms for once-over-lightly

once-over-lightly

[ wuhns-oh-ver-lahyt-lee ]

noun

, Informal.
  1. a hasty or superficial treatment, look, examination, etc.; once-over:

    The maid gave the room the once-over-lightly.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of once-over-lightly1

First recorded in 1940–45
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Idioms and Phrases

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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