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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.
See also: off, scour
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scour something off (of) something

 and scour something off
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.
See also: off, scour
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If he had not scoured off so fast, we'd have seen who was in most danger, he or I.
Skin scoured off by the stony ground, bloody flesh exposed and half-dead, they were hung and then decapitated.
Flat rolled roofs had similar issues when the wind got under edges and caused peeling or bubbling, or scoured off the gravel surface.
After meeting his counterparts from the other two countries, he said 61% of the current search area had so far been scoured off Australia's west coast.
aircraft scoured off the war games zone after being warned by Airborne's Division of Iran's Navy.
The ice, exposing the billions-of-years-old rocks, scoured off soils that took centuries to form.
"At least we've got the first match out of the way and all the rust hopefully scoured off so we can race up to our full potential in the near future," said promoter and team manager George English in the wake of Thursday's derby day defeat.
Others were beaten on the soles of their feet or dragged naked around the streets until all the skin was scoured off their back.