look around for (someone or something)

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look around for (someone or something)

To examine or investigate (some place or area) in order to locate someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "around" and "for" to specify the location. I looked around the entire building for the manager, but she was nowhere to be found. I kept looking around for somewhere to plug my laptop in, but there were no outlets anywhere in the classroom.
See also: around, look

look around for someone or something

to seek someone or something out. Look around for Ted and tell him to come home. I looked around for the can opener, but it's not there.
See also: around, look
References in classic literature ?
So he looked around for something more solid with which to experiment.
He looked around for a chimney from which no smoke issued, and having reached it, he disappeared through the orifice without being seen by any one.
When the industry experts' forecasts weren't met as was projected, people started to grumble that DVD was a failed concept and we all looked around for someone ...
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