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- verb idiomatic, colloquial To
inspectsomething to ensureit meets expected standardsor has favored characteristics, typically before committingto purchasingor otherwise selectingit.
- verb obsolete To
inspecta vehicle's tiresby kicking them to check for defectsor poor quality.
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Early 20th century. Tires on early automobiles were made of thin rubber and were sometimes of poor quality, hence a prospective buyer might kick them to see how thick they were or if they would deflate.
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