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a good scout

An honest, affable, reliable, and trustworthy person. Your dad's a good scout, you know that? He's helped me out of so many jams without even thinking twice.
See also: good, scout

scout about (for someone or something)

To search, inspect, or look around an area (for someone or something). I've been scouting about for a suitable plot of land to build our house, but it's been tough finding one! With Jimmy's arm broken, we'll have to scout about for a new pitcher.
See also: scout

Scout's honour

An oath that one is being ingenuous or honest, or will uphold a promise or duty. Alludes to the oath taken by a member of the Scouting movement to be upstanding, trustworthy, and honest. Primarily heard in UK. I swear that I'll behave myself at your brother's wedding, Scout's honour! A: "Are you really telling me the truth about what happened to my car?" B: "Scout's honour!"
See also: honour

scout around (for someone or something)

To search, inspect, or look around an area (for someone or something). I've been scouting around for a suitable plot of land to build our house, but it's been tough finding one. Scout around the yard to see if you can find my lost ring.
See also: around, scout

scout around (for someone or something)

to look around for someone or something. I don't know who would do a good job for you, but I'll scout around for a likely candidate. You stay here. I'll scout around.
See also: around, scout

scout someone or something out

to search for and discover someone or something. I will scout a new salesclerk out for you if you want. I'll scout out a new clerk for you.
See also: out, scout

scout someone or something up

to search for and find someone or something. I'll scout up a costume for the Halloween party. Can you scout a date up for Friday night?
See also: scout, up

good egg, a

Also, a good scout. An amiable, basically nice person. For example, You can always count on her to help; she's a good egg, or His friends all think Dad's really a good scout. This colloquial antonym of bad egg dates from the early 1900s, as did the variant.
See also: good

Scout's honour

used to indicate that you have the honourable standards associated with Scouts, and so will stand by a promise or tell the truth. informal
A Scout is a member of the Scout Association, an organization for boys founded in 1908 by Lord Baden-Powell with the aim of developing their character by training them in self-sufficiency and survival techniques in the outdoors.
See also: honour

scout around

To go from place to place searching: I'll scout around and see if I can find a place to build our campfire. The reporter went to the party to scout around for some gossip.
See also: around, scout

scout out

To go to a place to make a preliminary inspection of someone or something in order to evaluate it for possible use, purchase, or hire, or in order to obtain information ahead of a future encounter: The college coach went to a high school game to scout out a potential recruit. I went ahead of the other hikers and scouted the trail out.
See also: out, scout
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The 160 associations make up the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and each member association is able to send Scouts to represent their country at a world jamboree.
Today, Lasorda is part of a 16-member board of directors for the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, which will hold its fourth annual fund-raising dinner and auction Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.
noted that the Boy Scouts organization has consistently produced leaders in all fields of life.
The Scouts provide an environment where kids can grow up, learn to work together, to lead, and to become actively involved in their communities.
put it: "Without a shot being fired, Department of Defense lawyers apparently abandoned the Boy Scouts, threw up their hands and surrendered to the ACLU's latest radical attack on the cherished heritage and values of this nation.
Jay Mechling argues that the real experience of Boy Scouting--in contrast to the rigid prescriptions of the Boy Scouts of America's national office--helps boys develop into a mature masculinity fully compatible with progressive ideals of gender and citizenship.
NewCourtland Elder Services, a subsidiary of The Presbyterian Foundation for Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Boys Scouts of America's Cradle of Liberty Council--Western District, has a creative solution to this dilemma.
In January the Boy Scouts of America announced that it was shutting down our Cub Scout pack and six other BSA groups in Oak Park, Illinois because of our policies' "inconsistency .
We are very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision [in June 2000, upholding the Boy Scouts of America's right to bar gay people] .
There is only one such group in the United States: the Boy Scouts of America.
The only way that these cookies will change is if the Girl Scouts themselves make this an issue.
By the year 2000, it is projected to reach 275 million; by 2050, it is expected to reach 383 million (Girl Scouts of the U.
For the first time ever, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has taken "Project Cookies 4 Troops" - a new service initiative to support troops overseas by providing Girl Scout Cookies to U.
ISLAMABAD, February 21, 2010 (Balochistan Times): President Asif Ali Zardari has called on scouts to help tackle the situation arising out of extremism and intolerance and work for the creation of harmony and peace in society.
Boy Scouts and leaders across West Michigan to remember Eagle Scout and the United States' 38th President with an Honor Guard of Local Scouts