Definition of going-over in US English:



  • 1A thorough treatment, especially in cleaning or inspection.

    ‘give the place a going-over with the vacuum cleaner’
    • ‘A quick going-over reveals all screws and mounting bolts seem to be tight, which is an important check before you run a car like this.’
    • ‘The gear on Westman Will, was getting a going-over as they discussed whether this or that piece of equipment would be safe for another season or whether it ought to be replaced.’
    • ‘It's been a while since one of the great composers got a thorough biographical going-over, but I gather that the conductor John Eliot Gardiner has interesting stuff to say about his hero, JS Bach, in the Penguin volume due for early 2008.’
    • ‘This issue features Nick Pinkerton and James Crawford on Sin City, and even though it's been in theaters for a bit now, it certainly hasn't received the thorough going-over that it gets in their hands.’
    • ‘When will he understand that his department is out of control and needs a thorough going-over from top to bottom?’
    • ‘Nonetheless, no one would assert that Mamet is unobservant or lacks internal fire, and when he turns his attention to institutions that deserve a thorough going-over, he may be just the man for the job.’
    • ‘But, apart from some emollient phrases from the Association of British Insurers, the industry's leading companies were at best muted in their joy at learning that these two types of insurance are to be given a thorough going-over.’
    • ‘Nowhere has that idea received a more intriguing going-over than in the recently published book The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes, by molecular biologist Dean Hamer.’
    • ‘I kept an eye on the desk during the rest of the inspection period, but it no one gave the piece a thorough going-over.’
    examination, inspection, exploration, investigation, probe, check, check-up
    clean, wipe, sponge, mop, swab, flush, scrub, hose-down, swill, lather, soap
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    1. 1.1 A beating.
      beating, thrashing, thumping, pounding, pummelling, drubbing, slapping, smacking, hammering, hitting, striking, punching, knocking, thwacking, cuffing, buffeting, battering, boxing, mauling, pelting, lambasting
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