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beat the bushes

to search everywhere for someone or something We don't have to beat the bushes to get good photographs - they mostly come to us from photographers we know.
Etymology: based on the practice in hunting of having someone hit bushes with a stick in order to force birds hiding in them to fly up into the air to be shot
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beat the bushes

  (American)
to try very hard to get or achieve something She's not out there beating the bushes for a job - she's just as happy not working.
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beat the bushes

To make an exhaustive search.
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In addition, PIN has added two full-time salespeople to beat the bushes for new clients.
These are folks who don't scan the want ads, so we really have to beat the bushes to find them.
The problem is I was let go so late that all the jobs were filled, but Robin will beat the bushes for me," he said.
But they will not take the time to beat the bushes, as we will, to find those diamonds in the rough.
said that at MIPCOM, Spelling Television, the parent company, is going to aggressively beat the bushes for coproduction partners, partly to meet the problem of deficit financing.
To date nothing has substantiated any of these claims and we just press on and continue to beat the bushes.