beat the bushes for

beat the bushes for

Look everywhere for something or someone, as in I've been beating the bushes for a substitute but haven't had any luck. This term originally alluded to hunting, when beaters were hired to flush birds out of the brush. [1400s] Also see beat around the bush.
See also: beat, bush
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The company invested about $3 million in automated laser cutting machines and press brakes - which bend and fold steel plate up to one inch thick - at a time when business was slow, and then added five new outside sales positions to beat the bushes for clients.
To beat the bushes for new members, the Guard and Reserves have added 2,200 recruiters.
When I first started in this role I was concerned that I might have to beat the bushes for authors willing to write articles.
I do all I can to beat the bushes for early screening for men," the Spin City actor says.
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.
As soon as they return to Hollywood, says Lisa, she's going to beat the bushes for work.
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.
So the postal service recently sent a regional facilities specialist to meet with area residents and beat the bushes for alternative locations.