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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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Officers advised that the scourer could no longer be used and threw it in the bin.
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.
Or for emergency cleaning slice a lemon in half - dip the cut end into baking soda and use as a scourer on burnt areas.
For emergency cleaning, slice a lemon in half - dip the cut end into baking soda and use as a scourer on burnt areas.
If you have a greenhouse, hose it down with a forceful jet of water and use a safe cleaning product and a non-abrasive scourer specifically recommended for cleaning glass.
All my efforts were in vain on her last visit, however, when immediately after lunch she got up to help me wash–up and then spent 10 minutes deriding my pan scourer.
One tester rubbed hard with his forefinger and the scourer, in the way a housewife often does with obstinate marks.
Never cut food in a non-stick pan with a knife, or scrub the surface with a metal scourer.
She told us that when he cuddled up to her that night he felt something scratchy and found her in her pinny, rubber gloves and a scourer in her hand.
The defendant then used a scourer on him, rubbing at the boy's face so hard that it left scratches along the bridge of his nose When the family returned to the house he snapped, after the family's dog managed to break free from the dining room.
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.
Q MY stainless steel cooker splashback has scourer marks on it.
Spent ages scrubbing with bleach and scourer and was left with raw skin and Frankenstein brows.
A dry green kitchen scourer is excellent for rubbing off marks from emulsion-painted walls.