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poke around

To investigate, search through, or snoop around something or some place. Please tell me that the cops won't find any incriminating evidence if they start poking around your office. The boss has been poking around this morning. She wants to know how far along we are on the project.
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poke around

 
1. and poke about to look or search around. I've been poking around in the library looking for some statistics. I don't mind if you look in my drawer for a paper clip, but please don't poke about.
2. to waste time while moving about. I just poked around all afternoon and didn't accomplish much. Stop poking around and get moving.
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poke around

(in something) Go to poke about (in something).
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poke around

Also, poke about. Look through things; also, make an investigation. For example, I was poking around the attic when I found these old photos, or The detective was poking about, tracking where she went on that fatal day. [Early 1800s] Also see nose about; poke one's nose into.
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I'd part with a fiver to poke around the PM's closets in search of a few skeletons.
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"Have a poke around down here, then we'll go upstairs to the flat for a bit more comfort," suggested Lucy.
THIS murky cellar may be an ancient chapel which lay hidden for nearly 100 years - until a family began to poke around under their house.
I thought it might be water in there but no matter how much I shake my head or poke around with a bud, it won't go away.
"You go with a rake in one hand and a prayer book in the other, and you poke around a lot."
In Moving Target, the explosive three-part story starting tonight, viewers will get the chance to poke around in the official case files which will be posted online at www.itv.com/thebill Never let it be said TV people don't move with the times.
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This week The Queen has flung open her wardrobe doors so us peasants can have a poke around. She has rooted out some of her best formal frocks, hats, handbags and shoes for a fascinating exhibition at Kensington Palace.