to size up (third-person singular simple present sizes up, present participle sizing up, simple past and past participle sized up)
- (idiomatic) To evaluate; to estimate or anticipate the magnitude, difficulty, or strength of something.
- It's a good idea for boxers to size up their opponents before their matches.
- Before we can begin to size up the problem, we'll need more information.
2017 July 16, Brandon Nowalk, “Chickens and dragons come home to roost on Game Of Thrones (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- She approaches like she’s sizing them up. Five boys. Unarmed. A pile of swords over there. Ed Sheeran is there, but that’s not even the surprise.
- The Century
- We had to size up our fellow legislators.