deserves to lose = D = despew

desk check n.,v.

To grovel over hardcopy of source code, mentally simulating the control flow; a method of catching bugs. No longer common practice in this age of on-screen editing, fast compiles, and sophisticated debuggers -- though some maintain stoutly that it ought to be. Compare eyeball search, vdiff, vgrep.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, this entry manually entered by rootbeer277.

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