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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: around, poke

poke around

(in something) Go to poke about (in something).
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: around, poke
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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