One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A look or glance.‘take a squiz out that window’
glance, observation, view, examination, study, inspection, scan, survey, sight, peep, peek, glimpse, gaze, stare, gape, ogleView synonyms
- ‘It all started when one day, he popped in to a local gym for a bit of a squiz.’
- ‘Then we discovered that when the Auditor-General went in there to have a squiz, the officials did not even know whom they had been giving it to.’
- ‘The fact that traffic was actually slowing down to take a squiz wasn't helping either.’
- ‘A quick squiz at today's Australian will show you why.’
- ‘We figure that we might cut them some slack in this last week… at least until we get a squiz of our end of year results.’
- ‘Hold it up high Rex, so everyone can get a quick squiz.’
- ‘In fact, having a squiz at David's site has convinced me to have a go at formatting this via CSS rather than through tables.’
- ‘Well, she's the version of Samantha's sister (can't for the life of me remember the name, and I can't be bothered getting up to walk to my room and taking a squiz at the book).’
- ‘What caught me unawares this morning was a brief squiz at The Australian online.’
- ‘I then went over to Margaret and Fraka's tent and said a quick hello and told them I was ‘just going over for a quick squiz at the rocks and wouldn't be very long.’’
verb[with object]Australian, NZ
Look or glance at.‘the mechanic squizzed the plane's cargo’
take a quick look, look quickly, look briefly, peek, peepView synonyms
- ‘After squizzing a 4’ nurse shark, we returned to the dinghy and motored over to check out another spot.’
- ‘Also, Morag kindly squizzed over my script with me last night and I feel so much happier with the dialogue write-up, now.’
- ‘I know Canaan was the son of Ham - I was squizzing though Genesis before my 2 year old woke up and can't get any further while he's awake… waaay past his bed-time.’
Early 20th century: probably a blend of quiz and squint.
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