- an appraisal or estimation, especially as the result of sizing up: asking for a size-up of the new office equipment.
Origin of size-up
- the spatial dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or bulk of anything: the size of a farm; the size of the fish you caught.
- considerable or great magnitude: to seek size rather than quality.
- one of a series of graduated measures for articles of manufacture or trade: children's sizes of shoes.
- extent; amount; range: a fortune of great size.
- actual condition, circumstance, or state of affairs: That's about the size of it.
- a number of population or contents: What size is Springfield, Illinois? The size of that last shipment was only a dozen.
- Obsolete. a fixed standard of quality or quantity, as for food or drink.
- to separate or sort according to size.
- to make of a certain size.
- Metallurgy. to press (a sintered compact) to close tolerances.
- Obsolete. to regulate or control according to a fixed standard.
- size up, Informal.
- to form an estimate of (a situation, person, etc.); judge: They sized him up with a look.
- to meet a certain standard: He doesn't size up to my expectations.
- of a size, of the same or similar size: The two poodles are of a size.
- try on for size,
- to put on briefly in order to test the fit of, as a garment or shoes.
- to consider, evaluate, do, or use before taking further action: We'll try the plan on for size to see whether it's practical.
Origin of size1
- (tr) to make an assessment of (a person, problem, etc)
- to conform to or make so as to conform to certain specifications of dimension
- the dimensions, proportions, amount, or extent of something
- large or great dimensions, etc
- one of a series of graduated measurements, as of clothingshe takes size 4 shoes
- informal state of affairs as summarizedhe's bankrupt, that's the size of it
- to sort according to size
- (tr) to make or cut to a particular size or sizes
- Also called: sizing a thin gelatinous mixture, made from glue, clay, or wax, that is used as a sealer or filler on paper, cloth, or plaster surfaces
- (tr) to treat or coat (a surface) with size
Word Origin and History for size up
c.1300, "an ordinance to fix the amount of a payment or tax," from Old French sise, shortened form of assise "session, assessment, regulation, manner" (see assize), probably a misdivision of l'assise as la sise. The sense of "extent, amount, volume, magnitude" (c.1300) is from the notion of regulating something by fixing the amount of it (weights, food portions, etc.). Specific sense of "set of dimensions of a manufactured article for sale" is attested from 1590s.
Idioms and Phrases with 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]
In addition to the idiom beginning with size
- size up
- cut down (to size)
- pick on (someone your own size)
- take down a notch (to size)
- that's about the size of it
- try on (for size)