[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. once in a while,
  2. once more unto the breach, dear friends,
  3. once over lightly,
  4. once upon a time,
  5. once-over,
  6. oncer,
  7. onchocerca,
  8. onchocerciasis,
  9. oncidium,
  10. onco-

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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