scavenge (around) for (something)

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scavenge (around) for (something)

1. Literally, to search for something by rooting around in rubbish or refuse. There is a large population of impoverished people who spend their days scavenging around for food and useful items in the town dump. I came across a family of raccoons scavenging for food in the dumpster behind our office.
2. By extension, to search all over some are or throughout some cluttered space for a particular thing, especially in a desperate, last-minute manner. I hate having to scavenge for a pen every other day. It's high time I clean up and organize this office! We've been scavenging around for a motor that will work with the prototype, but none of these are compatible.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scavenge (around) for someone or something

to search everywhere for someone or something. We had to scavenge for a person who would agree to run for president in my place. Sam scavenged around for a socket wrench.
See also: for, scavenge
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Etambakonga, "Scavenging for solid waste in Kinshasa: a livelihood strategy for the urban poor in the Democratic Republic of Congo," Habitat International, vol.
Bezwada Wilson, a native of Kolar Gold Fields in Karnataka, India, was part of India's lowest caste system called Dalits and could have been just like his parents and ancestors, who were destined to do manual scavenging for most of their life, but he was determined to end this 'destiny' by pursuing higher education and battle manual scavenging in his country.
He has now been scavenging for two years as his parents do not have a permanent job and the family is very poor.
Scavenging for redeemable recyclables, once thought of as a means for the destitute, has become the scourge of New York City.
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Medina (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan) has been studying waste-disposal, recycling, and scavenging for over 10 years, and here analyzes secondary data from studies carried out by a wide range of researchers to overview the role of scavenging in economic development and people's survival.
But the current wave of interest in energy scavenging for microelectronics began in the late 1990s--initially because researchers were looking for a better way to power the newly devised portable devices.
Randy's first exposure to the scrap recycling industry occurred as a junior high and high school student in Pittsburgh, when he would help his father make the rounds scavenging for scrap metal.
We can attribute the problem, in part, to the growing mountain of waste food discarded on our streets, and also to changes in the pattern of scavenging for food.
But he proposes that the major factor in the animal's reproductive strategy is its reliance on scavenging for food.