I know one of the meanings of "quote" is "a quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service". But I wonder if it means the same in the following context. I haven't heard the phrase "doing a quote" before.

‘I couldn’t get hold of you. Your phone’s going straight to answerphone. Richard’s out for an hour doing a quote, so I thought I’d pop over.’

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    Yes, if Richard is a builder, plumber or similar, it probably means 'inspecting a job with a view to giving the householder a quote'. Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 14:37
  • Sounds like your guess is right. Is Richard someone who gives out quotes for potential projects? Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 14:39
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    Someone may well speak of 'doing a visit' if this is to do work (health workers, some hairdressers ...); 'doing a quote' seems a broadened version. 'Out doing a shoot' (for a film crew) is more logically phrased. Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 14:54

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"Quote" is an abbreviated form of "quotation":


Quotation (n.) 7. An amount stated as the price of a stock or of any commodity for sale. Also: a contractor's stated price for a particular job.

1944 R. V. Boughton in R. Greenhalgh Pract. Builder xii. 378/2 There are usually conditions which make it very prudent to obtain many quotations for each job as it is estimated.

Quote (n.)

3. = quotation n. 7.

1934 Brainerd (Minnesota) Daily Dispatch 31 Dec. 3/5 The following are today's custom smelters' quotes for delivered copper (cents per pound).

1996 Voice 25 June 32/1 This is an excellent time to gather quotes and estimates with a view to home or garden improvements.

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