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give the once over

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give the once over look at with a critical eye "When the movie star entered, all the women gave him the once over"
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Usage

In literature:

Come to his office with me and give the thing the once over.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Give me good Medicine, O Sun and great Father, till my dream tells me that my man comes from over the hills for me once more.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
Run down and give the new crew the once-over, and see if they have a wireless man among them.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Whether they do any thing to the Metal, after it is once brought to Fusion, and, if need be, melt it over again, to give it a melioration?
"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666" by Various
They all give him the once over and holler for the police.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Our coach has scouts giving your brother's team the once-over.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
More than once the farmer cautioned her to give him a pull over the plough.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
I'll send for him down stairs and let you give him the once-over if you like.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
But we ought to jump 'em at once, while they're shiverin' over the shelling' we give 'em.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
He's coming here to give you the once over.
"In And Out" by Edgar Franklin
But he came to immediate, and we all stood at attention while he give that bundle the once-over.
"Believe You Me!" by Nina Wilcox Putnam
I'd like to give him the once over.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
You gentlemen can talk to me while my friends give the train the once-over.
"The Trail of Conflict" by Emilie Baker Loring
He wished to give the Maid men-at-arms at once, as he had promised, but the Royal Council over-ruled him.
"Joan of Arc" by Lucy Foster Madison
That boy in the fancy knickers is giving everyone the once over.
"Danger at the Drawbridge" by Mildred A. Wirt
You will have to give it the once over, Jess, when you get aboard.
"The Campfire Girls on Station Island" by Margaret Penrose
Once he was seen to give a spasmodic movement and then again to drop over the horse's neck.
"The Dispatch-Riders" by Percy F. Westerman
Then I'll give him the once over, gladly.
"Boy Scouts in Glacier Park" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Or perhaps you already hold speed records at giving your face the once-over.
"The Knack of Managing" by Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
They've been giving the camp the once over and acting awfully queer about it.
"Dan Carter and the Great Carved Face" by Mildred A. Wirt
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In poetry:

Ave! Once more touch the strings
That Memory may feed upon the strain,
And over-live again
The days,
When the heart gloried in the golden lays
That give the spirit wings.
"On A Movement Of Beethoven’s" by George MacDonald

In news:

Why The Heart Doctor Might Give Your Hairline The Once-Over .
The coach of the Packers gives kudos to the old - and, once again, new - coach of the Badgers for taking over for the Rose Bowl.
Once we realize that a tiny, self-replicating clump of cells is not a human life until God intervenes, it's easy to give women control over their bodies without the need for any exceptions .
Hold a copy of "The Peculiar " and give it the once-over, and you'll see on the back flap that Stefan Bachmann started working on this imaginative adventure in 2010, when he was 16.
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In science:

U (fm f2fmf2 ; fm−2{0}) Here the summation in the last equality is over the multiplicity index ρ and this arises as fm⊗F ν gives in general more than once the irrep fm .
Random matrix ensembles with random interactions: Results for EGUE(2)-SU(4)
Also once a connected Markov chain over the conditional sample space is constructed, then the chain can be modified to give a connected and aperiodic Markov chain with the stationary distribution by the MetropolisHastings procedure (e.g.
Markov basis and Groebner basis of Segre-Veronese configuration for testing independence in group-wise selections
Ordinary 4D instantons would give a diverging action once integrated over the fifth coordinate (assuming that the 4D instanton is independent of the fifth coordinate), and no fully localized 5D instanton solutions are known to exist.
Exact Results in 5D from Instantons and Deconstruction
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