pan for

pan for something

to search for a precious metal, usually gold, by using a pan to locate the bits of metal in sand and gravel in a stream bed. When I was in Alaska, I panned for gold in a little stream set aside for tourists. The old prospector spent many hours panning for gold.
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Successive Bake-Off entries continued to use the pan for a variety of cake and other creations.
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Photo (Color only in SAC edition) In his spare time, John Patwell likes to pan for gold along California's and Washington's rivers with his family.