from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An examination; an inspection.
  • n. A severe beating.
  • n. A severe reprimand.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of going over.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a careful and thorough inspection
  • n. a severe scolding


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  • Alas, it's crammed full of rusty wisecracks that lost their crackle long ago, and since nobody seems inclined to dust off the original, one wonders why the Roundabout didn't call in David Ives to give the script a good going-over.

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  • Then, catching her reflection in the window, she gave herself a serious going-over, front then side.

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  • There were lags between questions and answers, and the disjointedness of the content meant that no topic got more than a quick going-over.

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  • Elsass said that Paul got a going-over from Grayson & Co. in the primary — a process he insisted would help Paul the rest of the way.

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  • Imagine10.35pm, BBC1To tie in with an exhibition at Tate Britain, eccentric 19th-century British photographer Eadweard Muybridge gets the full going-over from Alan Yentob.

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  • That's perhaps the preeminent question, whether they, in fact, were the ones who primarily dropped the ball, that they did not give him a rigorous going-over.

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  • I wheeled into the meeting room in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt for a thorough going-over by the arm and leg guys.

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  • I've given HOUSE a pretty thorough going-over here at Groovy Age, to the point that I'm afraid I haven't left myself much to ask you about it.

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  • Ms Montague, in her usual barely disguised irritation that Conservatives have the effrontery to disagree with her take on life, follows alternative no 2 and gives Grieve a going-over.


  • It's fair to say that Hillary Clinton got as rough a going-over as her husband did in the campaign.

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