case the joint

1. tv. to look over someplace to figure out how to break in, what to steal, etc. (Underworld. See also joint.)
First of all you gotta case the joint to see where things are.
You could see he was casing the joint the way he looked around.
2. tv. to look a place over.
The dog came in and cased the joint, sniffing out friends and foes.
The old lady entered slowly, casing the joint for the face of someone of her era, and finally took a seat.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • case the joint — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To study the layout of a place one wishes to burglarize. * /The hooded criminals carefully cased the joint before robbing the neighborhood bank./ 2. To familiarize oneself with a potential workplace or vacation spot as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • case the joint — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To study the layout of a place one wishes to burglarize. * /The hooded criminals carefully cased the joint before robbing the neighborhood bank./ 2. To familiarize oneself with a potential workplace or vacation spot as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • case the joint — idiom (informal) to look carefully around a building so that you can plan how to steal things from it at a later time Main entry: ↑caseidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • case\ the\ joint — v. phr. slang 1. To study the layout of a place one wishes to burglarize. The hooded criminals carefully cased the joint before robbing the neighborhood bank. 2. To familiarize oneself with a potential workplace or vacation spot as a matter of… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Joint probability distribution — In the study of probability, given two random variables X and Y that are defined on the same probability space, the joint distribution for X and Y defines the probability of events defined in terms of both X and Y. In the case of only two random… …   Wikipedia

  • joint — 1 adjective (only before noun) 1 shared, owned by, or involving two or more people or groups: a joint bank account | joint first prize | joint army and airforce operations 2 joint effort a situation in which two or more people work together: “Who …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • case — case1 W1S1 [keıs] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(example)¦ 2¦(situation)¦ 3 (just) in case 4 in any case 5 in that case 6¦(reason/argument)¦ 7¦(law/crime)¦ 8¦(box/container)¦ 9 it s a case of something 10¦(disease)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • case — case1 [ keıs ] noun *** ▸ 1 example/instance ▸ 2 situation affecting something ▸ 3 legal matter for court ▸ 4 reasons for/against something ▸ 5 situation/person ▸ 6 container/cover ▸ 7 in language ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count an example or instance of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • joint — joint1 W2 [dʒɔınt] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: , past participle of joindre; JOIN] 1.) involving two or more people or groups, or owned or shared by them ▪ The two ministers have issued a joint statement . ▪ Both… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • case — 1 /keIs/ noun 1 EXAMPLE (C) an example of a particular situation, problem etc: In some cases, it is necessary to operate. (+ of): an extreme case of anorexia | case in point (=a clear example of a situation, problem etc that you are discussing or …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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