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scour (something or some place) for (someone or something)

To search thoroughly inside of or all around some place or thing for someone or something. I've been scouring the internet for information about this strange new app my kids are using. We scoured the warehouse for evidence, but we couldn't find anything that would hold up in court.
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scour off

To remove something (off of someone or something else) with vigorous scrubbing, especially by using a very abrasive brush or cleaning pad. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scour" and "off." You'll need to scour off the dirt before you start boiling the potatoes. I spent the whole day scouring rust off the fence around our property.
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scour (something) off of (something else)

To remove something off of someone or something else with vigorous scrubbing, especially by using a very abrasive brush or cleaning pad. You'll need to scour the dirt off the potatoes before you start boiling them. I spent the whole day scouring rust off of the fence around our property.
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scour out

1. To remove something out of something else with vigorous scrubbing, especially by using a very abrasive brush or cleaning pad. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scour" and "out." I spent nearly an hour trying to scour the dried paint out of the cups, but I just couldn't get it all out. Take this wire brush and scour out the rust from the rims of the wheels.
2. To clean the inside of something with vigorous scrubbing, especially by using a very abrasive brush or cleaning pad. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scour" and "out." Let the saucepans soak overnight before you try to scour them out—it should make it easier. We should probably scour out the entire length of pipe to ensure the water can flow properly.
3. To search extensively or exhaustively for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scour" and "out." I'm a vegan, so I spend half my time shopping trying to scour out the symbol telling me whether food is vegan friendly or not. I've been scouring a location out for our photo shoot.
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scour (something) out of (something else)

To remove something out of something else with vigorous scrubbing, especially by using a very abrasive brush or cleaning pad. I spent nearly an hour trying to scour the dried paint out of the cups, but I just couldn't get it all out. Take this wire brush and scour the rust out of the rims of the wheels.
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scour something for someone or something

to look carefully and thoroughly in something for someone or something. I scoured the entire roster of members for a person who would agree to run for president. The police scoured the entire area for any sign of the suspects.
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scour something off (of) something

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to clean something off something else by scouring. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) See if you can scour the rust off the cookie sheet. I will scour off the rust with steel wool.
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scour something out

to clean something out by scouring. Would you scour the pans out? Please scour out the pansdon't just wash them.
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scour something out of something

to clean something out of something by scouring. Did you scour the rust out of the pan? Please scour the burned material out of the bowl.
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In this research, feed-forward neural network with back-propagation algorithm will be used to predict the maximum local scour depth around single cylindrical bridge pier under clear water conditions and comparison of the results with twelve of the most common predictive formulas, listed in Table (1).
4] studied scour and flow field in a scour hole around a T-shape spur dike in a 90 degree bend.
Each group applies the qualitative and quantitative analyses they learned to a real-world scenario to determine if a Scour Plan of Action is required to remedy the situation described in the scenario.
It is of immense importance to understand the dynamics between different factors to effectively control the calf scours in a herd.
The objectives of the refurbishment were to prevent further deterioration of the structure by reducing water penetration, repair existing scour damage, provide additional scour protection to the toe of the weir, replace the weir crest and improve safety for future maintenance works.
He added: "It makes this country look like a third world country when we have to scour the world in order to find teachers.
Future traffic patterns were evaluated and several scenarios were considered, including leaving the old bridge in place and performing scour protection; building a new bridge upstream; and creating a wider, scour resistant structure.
During the conference call announcing the lawsuit, MPAA prexy Jack Valenti said that with a simple Scour search, recently released films such as "X-Men" and "The Perfect Storm" could be easily downloaded.
Dellaripa and Bailard (1986) suggested that the maximum scour depth occurs for horizontal buoyant jet.
Scour hazards--the water-induced erosion of the soil surrounding bridge foundations--and flooding are the most common causes of bridge failures in the United States.
For the fifth day in a row, bad weather prevented divers from getting inside the wreckage, but they were able to scour the water around the vessel in a bid to find the three fishermen still missing in Glandore bay.