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seek a knot in a bulrush

To engage in a futile task; to try to find problems where none exist. A bulrush is a grassy plant that is not prone to knots. You'd have better luck seeking a knot in a bulrush than getting those flowers to grow on such rocky soil. I read the report so many times that the boss will be seeking a knot in a bulrush to try to find errors in it.
See also: knot, seek

seek (one's) fortune

To attempt to make a living or become rich by leaving one's home or original location. She worked as an assistant in the firm for several years before she finally left to seek her fortune as an independent contractor. I felt trapped in such a small town, where opportunities were very scarce for young people, so as soon as I turned 18, I packed up my belongings and moved to New York City to seek my fortune.
See also: fortune, seek

seek revenge (against/on someone or something)

To attempt or intend to retaliate (against someone else) for a wrong done to oneself. Tiffany is always gossiping about me, so I sought revenge on her by starting a nasty rumor about her relationship with one of our teachers. I see the growth of this extremist movement as largely being citizens seeking revenge against the established government, which they feel has betrayed or abandoned them. Seeking revenge will never give you a sense of peace or closure—you'll remain just as angry as before, and it will bring suffering to someone else along with you.
See also: on, revenge, seek, someone

seek out

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

sought after

In demand; very popular with or desired by a lot of people. To the surprise of some, the product has been greatly sought after since it was first released. Retailers have struggled to maintain stock of the sought after toy. Now that the property market has begun to boom, construction workers are much sought after once again.
See also: after, sought

seek after

To endeavor to locate or obtain someone or something. Often used in passive constructions. The political party has sought after control of parliament for years. We've been seeking after a new HR manager, but none of the candidates have been a good fit so far. The new toy is expected to be heavily sought after this holiday season.
See also: after, seek

seek (something) from (someone or something)

To endeavor to obtain something from some person, group, organization, office, etc., especially in a formal or official capacity. Often used in passive constructions. I sought assurances from the team that the project would be completed on schedule. You'll have to seek approval from the board of directors.
See also: seek

seek professional help

To request, pursue, or endeavor to obtain treatment or counseling from a psychologist or psychiatrist. At the intervention, we all urged her to seek professional help to deal with her addiction. There's no shame in seeking professional help if you think you're suffering from depression, Mike.
See also: help, professional, seek

*much sought after

Cliché wanted or desired very much. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) This kind of crystal is much sought after. It's very rare. Sally is a great singer. She's much sought after.
See also: after, much, sought

seek after someone or something

to keep looking for someone or something. I will continue to seek after the thief who stole my car. The thief was seeking after a late-model sedan.
See also: after, seek

seek professional help

Euph. to get psychiatric or psychological treatment. If you are seriously thinking of suicide, now is the time to seek professional help. His friends suggested that he seek professional help.
See also: help, professional, seek

seek someone or something out

to search for and find someone or something. We will seek someone out to do the work for us. Liz sought out a helper for Karen.
See also: out, seek

sought after

Also, much sought after. Very popular, in demand, as in He was much sought after as a throat specialist, particularly by singers. This expression uses the past participle of seek in the sense of "desired" or "searched for." [Late 1800s]
See also: after, sought

seek out

To try to locate or discover someone or something: The fish sought out sheltered pools to lay their eggs. The teacher will only give help to those who seek it out.
See also: out, seek
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In picture six the identity of the man is sought to assist with an investigation at Chrome on Rhyl High Street on October 5.
Interracial intimacy most clearly became a civil rights issue when black GIs serving abroad during and after World War II sought to marry and bring home their European sweethearts.
Some studies have acknowledged the difficulty in accurately determining delay and have sought to overcome this by the use of guided recall in face-to-face interviews (Lauver, 1994; Lauver & Tak, 1995) where care has been taken to improve accuracy by the use of memory cues.
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Another sort of special privilege sought by the Holy See is formal diplomatic recognition, a status not sought by any other religion.
Agrarian democracy, the religion of the yeoman farmer, sought a West peopled by cultivators.
Whereas people with low overall self-esteem sought an unfavorable analysis of their limitations when given the chance, they sought favorable information about their strengths.
In November 1991 the residential cooperative corporation sought to terminate the sale of the garage unit by the sponsor to a bona fide third-party purchaser pursuant to the Cooperative and Condominium Abuse Relief Act.
If, however, Jackson's parents or other relatives sought to have the children temporarily placed with them, there might be a battle over where the children should be placed.
When her opinion was solicited or when the team sought consensus, Fausto's mother would repeatedly respond by saying, "No, no, no, lo que ustedes digan como maestros" [No, no, no, whatever you say as teachers.
Other reformers of both genders but especially men, sought to segregate space.