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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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Geelong has a proud industrial history and the wool scour reflects how the wool industry evolved from hand-driven machines into the steam-powered era.
With our support, more people will be able to learn about the wool scour and it can evolve as a space for the community to enjoy.
A model that combines genetic algorithms and simulation technology to estimate scour depth of bridge piers by calculating natural frequency is introduced in this section.
The scour depth at the piers of the bridge will be estimated based on the data from the sensors by the genetic model in the database server.
The detail developing processes of the scour monitoring system are described in the following sections and are shown in Fig.
This study carried out a test of the scour monitoring system on Chung Sha Bridge (Fig.
In the sensor installation process, the information from the bridge was collected to know the scour depth at the piers of the bridge through bridge vibrating frequency.
lactis and Enterococcus faecium) and hydrogen peroxide separately has been successfully tried in controlling calf scours (Mazza, 1994; Jans, 2005; Timmerman et al.
Preventing calf scours is always a year around effort and not a set of activities centred on calving season.
The new born calves are most prone to take up infection from the environment; therefore it is of prime importance to provide calf with reasonably clean environment, free from disease causal pathogens responsible for calf scours.
If any calf develops scours, it should be immediately shifted from the main calf pen to isolation cages till recovery.
The results demonstrated that, in the first 50 min, there was a rapid increase in scour depth, then, after 500 min, the increase slowed.
The 1st category is the effect of scour depth on the structural behavior of the integral bridge.
This section presents the effect of scour depth on the structural behavior of the integral bridge.
The results indicate that the strain increased with the increase of the scour depth with time for all of the STs, and with all scour depth intervals as well, except at ST3 with scour depth at 5 h, which exhibited the reverse behavior.