pore over


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pore over

To examine, study, or read with intense, careful attention. She spent hours poring over the text, searching for a clue that might help solve the case. I had to pore over the contract to find who is liable in such a situation.
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pore over something

to look over something carefully. She pored over the reports, looking for errors. I need to take a few hours to pore over these contracts and see if they are ready to be signed.
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pour (all) over someone or something

to flood over someone or something. (Compare this with pore over something.) The water from the broken dam poured all over the rocks standing at its base. The spilled milk poured over my lap.
See also: over, pour

pour something over someone or something

to cover or douse someone or something with something. As I poured the cooling water over myself, I felt relaxed for the first time since I began the long hike. Mary poured some milk over her cereal.
See also: over, pour

pore over

v.
To read or study something carefully and thoroughly: The engineers pored over their calculations looking for errors.
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