- a hasty or superficial treatment, look, examination, etc.; once-over: The maid gave the room the once-over-lightly.
Origin of once-over-lightly
First recorded in 1940–45
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Related Words for once over lightlyoutwardly, scan, read, peruse, skim, feed, survey, graze, nibble, leaf, thumb, apparently, carelessly, casually, hastily, ostensibly, partially, externally, extraneously, frivolously
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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