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Related to scout out: scout up
scout someone or something out
to search for and discover someone or something. I will scout a new salesclerk out for you if you want. I'll scout out a new clerk for you.
To go to a place to make a preliminary inspection of someone or something in order to evaluate it for possible use, purchase, or hire, or in order to obtain information ahead of a future encounter: The college coach went to a high school game to scout out a potential recruit. I went ahead of the other hikers and scouted the trail out.