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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

 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.
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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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The flow pattern and mechanisms of scouring around a bridge pile are very complex and have been reported by various investigators [19, 34-36].
The amount of ice scouring is also affected by the length of the fast ice season, in which the ocean freezes over and stops iceberg movement.
Such a system would significantly aid small-scale experiments to address bridge scour problems by allowing the measurement of forces that occur during the scouring process.
Degree of polymerization is indirect measure of cotton fiber damage caused by scouring conditions.
As wave heights increased single storey structures were significantly damaged where even higher energy waves were accompanied by significant scouring, two or more storey structures failed though the undermining of foundation.
MAPA SPONTEX IS INTRODUCING SCOURMAX, A FLOCK SCOURING SURFACE PRODUCT WITH VERTICALLY ORIENTED FIBERS RATHER THAN THE TRADITIONAL HORIZONTAL PADDING.
Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, painting a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God some glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty.
Imagine a news agency scouring thousands of videocassettes to locate a presidential speech from 1965.
"Because the Internet can be potentially damaging, most companies have someone or some company scouring the Web sites, because it's important to distinguish between rumors and allegations," Sells said.
Chernoff & Wolowitz are currently scouring the Manhattan market for deals, willing to pay top dollar and close quickly.
More than 30 officers from New Scotland Yard's Flying Squad have spent the last four days scouring a warehouse full of timber and a builder's yardfollowing a tip-off.
A project to develop this device began with the Australian wool industry's idea to use microwave processing for compressed wool bales before scouring.
Scouring fields for fuel robs the soil of vital nutrients and reduces crop yields, hence increasing the probability of hunger.
In the old days, people used horsetails for scouring metal pots and pans -- kind of the precursor to Brillo pads back in the day.