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scout about (for someone or something)
To search, inspect, or look around an area (for someone or something). I've been scouting about for a suitable plot of land to build our house, but it's been tough finding one! With Jimmy's arm broken, we'll have to scout about for a new pitcher.
scout around (for someone or something)
To search, inspect, or look around an area (for someone or something). I've been scouting around for a suitable plot of land to build our house, but it's been tough finding one. Scout around the yard to see if you can find my lost ring.
To make a preliminary investigation, inspection, or analysis of someone or something in order to determine its or their suitability or potential for future use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scout" and "out." We need to scout out some locations for the music video this weekend. I go and scout student athletes out who would make good additions to our college team.
To spend time thoroughly or exhaustively attempting to locate someone or something. A noun or pronoun is used between "scout" and "up." He spent the better part of a day scouting up the parts he would need to finish his prototype. We'll need to scout a new manager up for this project.
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.
scout someone or something up
to search for and find someone or something. I'll scout up a costume for the Halloween party. Can you scout a date up for Friday night?
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.