size up
transitive verb Date: 1884 to form a judgment of <
size up the situation
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • size-up — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: size up 1. : the action of sizing up (a person or thing) preventing a quick size up of existing conditions J.J.McCarthy 2. : an evaluation arrived at by sizing up …   Useful english dictionary

  • size-up — /suyz up /, n. an appraisal or estimation, esp. as the result of sizing up: asking for a size up of the new office equipment. [n. use of v. phrase size up] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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 — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms size up : he/she/it sizes up present participle sizing up past tense sized up past participle sized up to think carefully and form an opinion about a person or a situation He sized up the situation and… …   English dictionary

  • size up — PHRASAL VERB If you size up a person or situation, you carefully look at the person or think about the situation, so that you can decide how to act. [INFORMAL] [V P n (not pron)] Some US manufacturers have been sizing up the UK as a possible… …   English dictionary

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