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.
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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.
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But the Gypsies boss is still looking around for reinforcements and said of the lack of goals: "It's a concern, there's no doubt about it.
After looking around for about 20 minutes, he removed a small set of electronic scales from the counter and left the shop.
After four years, it was my girls who were complaining that the Girl Scouts wouldn't let them do many activities that the Boy Scouts were allowed to do, and I started looking around for alternatives for them.
PROBABLY NONE OF US WOULD BE reading this magazine or looking around for jobs in dance if it hadn't been for Christensen.
She gets a quick divorce and then begins looking around for a good guy like Johnny Wooden, who would be willing to bring his pyramid for success over to Assembly Hall.
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