look about

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look about

1. noun A time spent looking around (some place or location). The guide gave us a few moments to have a look about inside the ancient dwelling before we moved on to the next part of the tour. Do you mind stopping the car here? I want to take a look about.
2. verb To examine or investigate (some place, area, or location). After 15 minutes or so of looking about, we both felt the house just wasn't right for us. I kept looking about for somewhere to plug my laptop in, but there were no outlets anywhere in the classroom.
See also: look

look about (for someone or something)

to try to locate someone or something. I have to look about for someone to serve as a babysitter. I don't see it here. I'll have to look about.
See also: look
References in classic literature ?
But, when she was gone, I looked about me for a place to hide my face in, and got behind one of the gates in the brewery-lane, and leaned my sleeve against the wall there, and leaned my forehead on it and cried.
He looked at the two, less and less attentively, and his eyes in gloomy abstraction sought the ground and looked about him in the old way.
They heard him mutter, "One Hundred and Five, North Tower;" and when he looked about him, it evidently was for the strong fortress-walls which had long encompassed him.
And I looked about among them, but could find nothing, and at last the cry stopped.