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go in search of the golden fleece

To embark on an adventure, often one that is very dangerous or challenging. In Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts went on a quest to find the golden fleece of a winged ram. The fossil hunters' descent into the cave is like the modern version of going in search of the golden fleece!
See also: fleece, golden, of, search

go out in search of someone or something

to leave to find someone or something. I went out in search of someone to help me. Mary went out in search of Gloria.
See also: of, out, search

go over something with a fine-tooth comb

 and search something with a fine-tooth comb; go through something with a fine-tooth comb
Fig. to search through something very carefully. I can't find my calculus book. I went over the whole place with a fine-tooth comb. I searched this place with a fine-tooth comb and didn't find my ring.
See also: comb

hunt high and low (for someone or something)

 and look high and low (for someone or something); search high and low (for someone or something)
Fig. to look carefully in every possible place for someone or something. We looked high and low for the right teacher. The Smiths are searching high and low for the home of their dreams.
See also: and, high, hunt, low

in quest of someone or something

 and in search of someone or something
seeking or hunting something; trying to find something. They went into town in quest of a reasonably priced restaurant. Monday morning I'll go out in search of a job.
See also: of, quest

search after someone or something

to look for someone or something. (Perhaps over a long period of time.) We searched after a suitable candidate for weeks. I am searching after a part for my '57 Chevy.
See also: after, search

search for someone or something

to look very hard for someone or something. I searched for Ted everywhere, but he was already gone. I have searched for my glasses high and low.
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search high and low

(for someone or something) Go to hunt high and low (for someone or something).
See also: and, high, low, search

Search me.

Inf. I do not know.; You can search my clothing and my person, but you won't find the answer to your question anywhere near me. (The two words have equal stress.) Jane: What time does Mary's flight get in? Sally: Search me. John: What kind of paint should I use on this fence? Bill: Search me.
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search someone for something

to feel, touch, pat, frisk, or examine electronically a person's body, looking for something hidden underneath the clothes. The police searched the suspect for hidden weapons. The airport guard used an electronic instrument to search the passengers for weapons.
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search someone or something out

to seek and find someone or something. I will search Fred out. I know he's here somewhere. We have to search out the key to the safe-deposit box.
See also: out, search

search something for someone or something

to examine something, looking for someone or something. Everyone searched the house for little Wally, but he was not to be found. I searched all my coat pockets for the note, but I didn't find it.
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search through something

to examine all the things found in something. I searched through my books for the answer. My drawers were searched through thoroughly.
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go over something with a fine-tooth comb

also go through something with a fine-tooth comb
to examine every part of something very carefully My accountant is going over my tax return with a fine-tooth comb.
Usage notes: also used in the form fine-toothed comb
See also: comb

search high and low (for something)

to try very hard to find something look high and low (for something) Janet searched high and low, but she couldn't find the kitten and finally had to ask the man.
See also: and, high, low, search

hunt/search high and low

to search everywhere for something (usually + for ) I've been hunting high and low for the certificate, but I still haven't found it.
See also: and, high, hunt, low

Search me!

something that you say when you do not know the answer to a question 'Where's Jack gone?' 'Search me!'
See hunt high and low
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in search of

Also, in quest of. Looking for, seeking, as in They went to California in search of gold, or I went to the library in quest of a quiet place to read. The first term dates from the mid-1400s, the second from the second half of the 1500s.
See also: of, search

search me

I don't know the answer to that, as in Where's John?-Search me, I haven't seen him for weeks. This expression in effect means "you can investigate me completely for the information you want but you won't find it." [Slang; c. 1900]
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search for

To conduct a thorough investigation for someone or something; seek someone or something: The police are searching for the missing student.
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search out

To seek and find someone or something: I managed to search out an old jazz album. She lost his address, but she was able to search him out using the Internet.
See also: out, search

Search me

sent. I don’t know. (There is a heavy stress on both words.) TOM: How do crickets make that chirping noise? BILL: Search me. You can search me. How should I know?
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search me

Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.
See also: search
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They subsequently opened the trunk and searched the bag.
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Incident to that arrest, officers searched his entire three-bedroom home, including the attic, garage, and small workshop.
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The reasonableness of the warrantless search of a pager and the retrieval of messages within it must be assessed within three possibilities: 1) reasonable as contemporaneous to arrest; 2) reasonable as lawfully seized incident to arrest, even if not searched contemporaneous to arrest; and 3) unreasonable, despite being lawfully seized, due to the delay in the search following the arrest.
If law enforcement officers want permission to search a person, then only the person to be searched has the authority to consent.
Users can select what information they want to have searched, and easily remove information whenever they want.
Yet, the arrestee who is handcuffed at the time of the search is unlikely to actually be able to reach into the area being searched.
The location can be easily modified at any time by adding a location modifier, such as city name, to the searched term in order to allow searchers to find businesses in other geographic areas.
There must be a showing of probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and the warrant must particularly describe the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.