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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

search high and low (for someone or something)

To look absolutely everywhere for someone or something. We've been searching high and low for an apartment we can afford, but the housing market in this town is atrocious. I searched high and low, but I couldn't find my passport anywhere.
See also: and, high, low, search, someone

search high and low

To look intently for something, usually in many different places. I've searched high and low for that old photo album, but I can't find it anywhere.
See also: and, high, low, search

search me

A response when one does not know the answer to a question. A: "How long has this milk been in the fridge?" B: "Search me. Check the expiration date." A: "When's Ali's birthday?" B: "Search me!"
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search (one's) soul

To carefully consider or think about one's own emotions about or motivations for something. We're asking upper management to search their souls and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your soul—you know that breaking up was the right thing to do.
See also: search, soul

search (one's) conscience

To carefully consider or think about one's own motivations for doing something. We're asking upper management to search their consciences and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your conscience—you don't want to go through with this.
See also: conscience, search

search (one's) heart

To carefully consider or think about one's own emotions about or motivations for something. We're asking upper management to search their hearts and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your heart—you know that breaking up was the right thing to do.
See also: heart, search

in search of (something)

Hunting, seeking, or searching for something. I'm going to town in search of a new book to read. The border is always filled with refugees in search of a better future.
See also: of, search

search for (someone or something)

To hunt, seek, or try to discover something. We've been searching for locations to shoot our new film. The border is always filled with refugees searching for a better future.
See also: search

search out

To hunt, seek, or try to discover someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "search" and "out." We've been searching out locations to shoot our new film. I have to search Sarah out to get the administrator password to the computer.
See also: out, 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, over

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).
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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.
See also: search

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.
See also: search, through

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 high and low

If you search high and low for something, you search everywhere for it. I've searched high and low and I still can't find that book. Note: You can use the verbs hunt or look instead of search. I've hunted high and low for the photos, but I can't find them.
See also: and, high, low, search

search me

INFORMAL
You say search me when someone asks you a question and you want to emphasize that you do not know the answer. `So why did he get interested all of a sudden?' — `Search me.'
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search me!

I do not know (used for emphasis). informal
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search your ˈheart/ˈsoul/ˈconscience

(formal) think carefully about your feelings or your reasons for doing something: If I searched my heart I’d probably find that I don’t always tell the truth. ▶ ˈheart-searching, ˈsoul-searching nouns: His divorce forced him to do a lot of soul-searching.

ˌsearch ˈme

(spoken) I don’t know; I’ve no idea: ‘What’s the capital of Queensland?’ ‘Search me!’
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search for

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

search out

v.
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

Slang
Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.
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The Court first unequivocally stated that probationers' homes are protected by the Fourth Amendment, and, therefore, searches of their homes must be reasonable.
50 connections and searches, which would have a serious impact on response time in such a distributed search environment.
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The Court distinguished the search in Houghton from cases addressing searches of persons on which the Wyoming Supreme Court relied.
The Supreme Court approved both searches as incident to arrest.
In creating the concept of apparent authority, the Supreme Court recognized that the fourth amendment prohibits only unreasonable searches and seizures.
Accordingly, because the legality of such searches has not yet been settled, law enforcement agencies should consult legal counsel to determine the law on their local jurisdiction.
11) The requirement of oath or affirmation raises no special problems where computer searches are concerned; however, the probable cause and particularity requirements pose unique problems where computers are the search target.
Leveraging the power of the company's proprietary metasearch technology, which searches and delivers results from a variety of sources, InfoSpace's new mobile search platform enables the delivery of a comprehensive solution across heterogeneous data types through a single search box, including:
The new feature caters to the way that consumers naturally approach travel planning and is in marked contrast to the traditional online search mode, which requires the user to fill out both departing city and destination or to run separate searches for multiple destinations.
With Clusty's Site Search Service, a visitor that searches a nonprofit or educational institution Web site is directed to a dedicated search tab at Clusty.
As well as improving the user experience, search tools also offer mobile operators the potential to generate additional revenue from advertising and sponsored searches.