once-over-lightly

[ wuhns-oh-ver-lahyt-lee ]
/ ˈwʌnsˌoʊ vərˈlaɪt li /

noun Informal.

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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Idioms and Phrases with once over lightly

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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