scratch about

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scratch about

1. To dig through the dirt, rocks, debris, etc. (of something or some place), as in the search of something. Archeologists have been scratching about the burial site for clues about the ancient civilization. I wonder why the dog scratching about in the back yard like that.
2. To search thoroughly (in or around something or some place) in order to find something. Ever since the economy tanked, hundreds of people have been scratching about for any type of work that would let them earn a living. I was scratching about the office for nearly an hour looking for the key to the warehouse.
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scratch about

 (for something) and scratch around (for something)
1. Lit. to hunt for something in dirt, gravel, rocks, etc. The prospector spent the day scratching about for signs of gold. The chickens were scratching around for something to eat.
2. Fig. to look very hard for something. The children were scratching about the kitchen for something to eat. I've been scratching around for a new assistant for months now.
See also: scratch