[ wuhns-oh-ver-lahyt-lee ]
/ ˈwʌnsˌoʊ vərˈlaɪt li /
a hasty or superficial treatment, look, examination, etc.; once-over: The maid gave the room the once-over-lightly.
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outwardly, scan, read, peruse, skim, feed, survey, graze, nibble, leaf, thumb, apparently, carelessly, casually, hastily, ostensibly, partially, externally, extraneously, frivolously
- once in a while,
- once more unto the breach, dear friends,
- once over lightly,
- once upon a time,
Origin of once-over-lightly
First recorded in 1940–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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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