To size up
Size Size, v. t. 1. To fix the standard of. ``To size weights and measures.'' [R.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To adjust or arrange according to size or bulk. Specifically: (a) (Mil.) To take the height of men, in order to place them in the ranks according to their stature. (b) (Mining) To sift, as pieces of ore or metal, in order to separate the finer from the coarser parts. [1913 Webster]

3. To swell; to increase the bulk of. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mech.) To bring or adjust anything exactly to a required dimension, as by cutting. [1913 Webster]

{To size up}, to estimate or ascertain the character and ability of. See 4th {Size}, 4. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

We had to size up our fellow legislators. --The Century. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • size up — {v.}, {informal} To decide what one thinks about (something); to form an opinion about (something). * /Give Joe an hour to size up the situation and he ll tell you what to do next./ * /Our coach went to New York to size up the team we ll face in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • size up — {v.}, {informal} To decide what one thinks about (something); to form an opinion about (something). * /Give Joe an hour to size up the situation and he ll tell you what to do next./ * /Our coach went to New York to size up the team we ll face in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • size\ up — v informal To decide what one thinks about (smth); to form an opinion about (smth). Give Joe an hour to size up the situation and he ll tell you what to do next. Our coach went to New York to size up the team we ll face in our homecoming game.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • size up — form an opinion, assess a situation It took him a little time to size up the candidate before deciding to give him a job …   Idioms and examples

  • size up someone — size up (someone/something) to examine someone or something so you can make a judgment about them. After sizing up the opposition, Abe suggested a strategy. Warren looked the man over, trying to size him up …   New idioms dictionary

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