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scour something for someone or something

to look carefully and thoroughly in something for someone or something. I scoured the entire roster of members for a person who would agree to run for president. The police scoured the entire area for any sign of the suspects.
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scour something off (of) something

 and scour something off
to clean something off something else by scouring. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) See if you can scour the rust off the cookie sheet. I will scour off the rust with steel wool.
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scour something out

to clean something out by scouring. Would you scour the pans out? Please scour out the pansdon't just wash them.
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scour something out of something

to clean something out of something by scouring. Did you scour the rust out of the pan? Please scour the burned material out of the bowl.
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I have bought the same 79p scourers for two years, but recently I paid pounds 1.
They have anti–grease technology to keep the scourer cleaner for longer and are great value at 39p.
Hose down the greenhouse with a forceful jet of water, and then use a safe cleaning product and non-abrasive scourer specifically recommended for cleaning glass.
The make- up girl used nail varnish remover with a scourer and soon the orange was replaced by a white streak.
That's the size of several football pitches to a bacteria, there are so many places to multiply,'' he said, pointing at my worn green pan scourer sitting guiltily by the sink.
Never cut food in a non-stick pan with a knife, or scrub the surface with a metal scourer.
I have just had my kitchen done with new appliances, including a stainless steel hob, but I used a pot scourer on it and it's terribly scratched.
Hose down the structure with a forceful jet of water and use a safe cleaning product and a non-abrasive scourer specifically recommended for cleaning glass.
One tester rubbed hard with his forefinger and the scourer, in the way a housewife often does with obstinate marks.
For example, what about the time the end of a wire pan scourer somehow found its way into a chicken chow mein I was "enjoying" at a Chinese restaurant in Glasgow?
I recently had my bathroom wall tiled and despite washing the tiles down with a soft scourer several times I am unable to remove the excess grout from the face of the tiles.
In the morning, grab a scourer and water and get scrubbing.
Q MY stainless steel cooker splashback has scourer marks on it.