beat the bushes


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beat the bushes (for someone or something)

To search for someone or something exhaustively and at great length. I've been beating the bushes for a bigger apartment, but there's nothing out there I can afford!
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beat the bushes

search thoroughly. North American informal
This expression originates from the way in which hunters walk through undergrowth wielding long sticks which are used to force birds or animals out into the open where they can be shot or netted.
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beat the ˈbushes

(especially American English) try very hard to find, obtain or achieve something: Telephone companies are beating the bushes for new customers.
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beat the bushes

To make an exhaustive search.
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In addition, PIN has added two full-time salespeople to beat the bushes for new clients.
These are folks who don't scan the want ads, so we really have to beat the bushes to find them.
The problem is I was let go so late that all the jobs were filled, but Robin will beat the bushes for me," he said.
But they will not take the time to beat the bushes, as we will, to find those diamonds in the rough.
said that at MIPCOM, Spelling Television, the parent company, is going to aggressively beat the bushes for coproduction partners, partly to meet the problem of deficit financing.
To date nothing has substantiated any of these claims and we just press on and continue to beat the bushes.