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size-up

[ sahyz-uhp ]
/ ˈsaɪzˌʌp /
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noun

an appraisal or estimation, especially as the result of sizing up: asking for a size-up of the new office equipment.

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Origin of size-up

Noun use of verb phrase size up
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British Dictionary definitions for size-up

size up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to make an assessment of (a person, problem, etc)
to conform to or make so as to conform to certain specifications of dimension
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Idioms and Phrases with size-up

size up

Make an estimate, opinion, or judgment of, as in She sized up her opponent and decided to withdraw from the election. This usage transfers measuring the size of something to broader meaning. [Late 1800s]

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