in quest of

in quest of someone or something

 and in search of someone or something
seeking or hunting something; trying to find something. They went into town in quest of a reasonably priced restaurant. Monday morning I'll go out in search of a job.
See also: of, quest
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A MAN who had been bitten by a Dog went about in quest of someone who might heal him.
An you will entertain my little company, and be ready to sally forth, upon the second day, in quest of me if need were, I shall e'en fare alone into the greenwood to seek an adventure with him.
He went in quest of sympathy - in quest of that droll article that we all suppose ourselves to want when in a strait, and have agreed to call advice; and he went, besides, with vague but rather splendid expectations of relief.
As soon as he had dispatched this messenger, he went in quest of his sister, whom he found reading and expounding the
This one went forth in quest of truth as a hero, and at last got for himself a small decked-up lie: his marriage he calleth it.
Having thus, with hot haste and speed, brought to a conclusion these never-till-now-seen ceremonies, Don Quixote was on thorns until he saw himself on horseback sallying forth in quest of adventures; and saddling Rocinante at once he mounted, and embracing his host, as he returned thanks for his kindness in knighting him, he addressed him in language so extraordinary that it is impossible to convey an idea of it or report it.
While they were searching round in quest of edible roots, they discovered a fresh trail of white men, who had evidently but recently preceded them.
Especially had he been in quest of the famed jungle butterfly, a foot across from wing-tip to wing-tip, as velvet-dusky of lack of colour as was the gloom of the roof, of such lofty arboreal habits that it resorted only to the jungle roof and could be brought down only by a dose of shot.
Grose, whom, in the comfort of that theory, I accordingly proceeded in quest of.
They soon relinquish this turbulence though, and when about three fourths grown, break up, and separately go about in quest of settlements, that is, harems.
They were always moving from place to place in quest of a cheap situation, and always spending more than they ought.
In reality Lavrushka, having got drunk the day before and left his master dinnerless, had been whipped and sent to the village in quest of chickens, where he engaged in looting till the French took him prisoner.
For this sickness of pessimism, caused by drink, one must drink further in quest of the anodyne that John Barleycorn promises but never delivers.
While they were standing there, all in dismay, their mother, Queen Telephassa(who happened not to be by when they told the story to the king), came hurrying after them, and said that she too would go in quest of her daughter.
How many aerial voyages might they have made, in quest of honey, or honey-laden, betwixt dawn and sunset