to scope out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - scope out

"to scope out"

to make a preliminary inspection


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - scope out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Where do you want to go mountain biking this weekend?

Friend 2:  I scoped out an interesting new trail last weekend.

Friend 1:  How does it look?

Friend 2:  Upon initial inspection, it looks good.  I didn't take a really close look, only scoped it out.

Friend 1:  Well, let's go and try it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - scope out

Two car salespeople are talking ...

Salesperson 1:  I see there's a new car dealership opening nearby.

Salesperson 2:  Do you want to go and have a quick look at our new competition?

Salesperson 1:  We could scope out the new dealership on our way to lunch.

Salesperson 2:  Sure. A quick ten minutes just to check the place out would be good.

to scope out - Usage:


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to scope out - Gerund Form:

Scoping out the competition before a big game can provide some valuable information.

to scope out - Examples:

1)  Will bloggers change their content based on driving advertising or will advertisers have to scope out the blogs that speak to their consumers?

2)  I need restroom access and I make sure I scope out the restrooms and buy front of the line passes at parks that have them.

3)  But if you were already planning to scope out a deal on a Rebel or a Dyson, today may be your day.

4)  You ask your VP Product to scope out what it would take to build a comprehensive set of mobile apps.

5)  Scope out the front door. It's one of the first things people will notice.

6)  After meeting with Bostwick and scoping out the city and its stadium, Wolff decided Ottawa would be a great fit.

7)  Teach yourself what not to do by scoping out some spam.

8)  Start scoping out the sales as early as possible.

9)  My pride subsided slightly upon scoping out the competition.

10)  Today I have been scoping out which, as the name suggests, is a site for genealogical research.

11)  Taking the stairs down a level, we scoped out the eighth floor.

12)  Scott and I have already scoped out a little brew pub up there that apparently makes German style beers.

13)  With that in mind, I scoped out five fresh new board games that should make your shopping list this holiday season.

14)  This is often because the project has not been adequately scoped out by both the customer and Cloud provider in the first instance.

15)  I had scoped out the neighborhood on the way home and thought I was safe.

16)  Penner scopes out the divisions in the Tandang Alliance.

17)  Emma Chevarie scopes out the best in Fredericton entertainment and nightlife.

18)  The report scopes out the governance mechanisms and institutional strengths in the global architecture.

19)  The developer then scopes out each area of the build process and time frames for completion.

20)  The New York Times' DealBook section brilliantly scopes out the size of the hole HP may have just dug for itself.