scrounge around

scrounge around (for someone or something)

Fig. to look around all over for someone or something. I scrounged around for Jamie, but she was nowhere to be found. I will try to scrounge around for a replacement part that will do the job.
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scrounge around

Forage about in an effort to obtain something at no cost, as in We scrounged around their kitchen looking for a snack. It derives from the dialectal scrunge, "steal." [Colloquial; c. 1900]
See also: around, scrounge
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Mercifully, you do not have to scrounge around the malls for the ritzy luxury brands.
One of the most popular restaurants to scrounge around at the Global Village is the Reem Al Bawadi cafe.
In India, given the deep divide between those who are flaunting their wealth and those who scrounge around to make a living, it is sociological and at one level psychological.
So we scrounge around like abused spouses clinging to anything that tells us they're for us, that their critics don't understand.
I wasn't really on anything, but I could scrounge around and catch a couple of big ones every day, and today I happened to catch four of them," Grigsby added.
They didn't give me any food; I had to go scrounge around in the street to get my own.
I have had some trouble with my suppliers and have had to scrounge around for materials.
I HAVE been a journalist for many years and I've never had to scrounge around in people's dustbins.
It's most unfortunate people like that get tickets whenever they want when others who have followed their team for seasons are forced to scrounge around.
Oh yeah,--almost forgot, Let's scrounge around and find something to fit 'em.
Young people aren't the only ones guilty of going out to eat on a credit card when they really should scrounge around in the pantry for a meal they've already bought, but they may be less able to pay for it.
Claire was left to scrounge around for change to sign infielder Jose Vizcaino.
We were forced to scrounge around for our own party poppers and balloons, which we blew up ourselves.