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Size up   /saɪz əp/   Listen
Size up

To look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail.  Synonyms: scrutinise, scrutinize, take stock.

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"Size up" Quotes from Famous Books

... "Now, you slip past me and go up stairs, to the room in front, and see if the man there can be gotten away. I want to size up the men in there. I can see them by poking my head out occasionally, but they can't ...
— Boy Scouts in the Philippines - Or, The Key to the Treaty Box • G. Harvey Ralphson

... Progreso a village reputed among the natives to be a nest of thieves and assassins. While Thornton was away buying meat and I was rearranging our pack, six of the ugliest-looking Mexicans I ever saw strolled across the plaza, evidently to size up our outfit. Apparently it was to their liking, for when, twenty minutes later, we were riding into the ford of the Rio Salado just south of the town, the six, all heavily armed, loped past us, and when they emerged from the ford openly and impudently divided, three taking to the brush ...
— The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier • Edgar Beecher Bronson

Words linked to "Size up" :   see, scrutinize, examine, scrutinise, take stock

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