scratch around

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scratch around

1. To dig through the dirt, rocks, debris, etc. (of something or some place), as in the search of something. Archeologists have been scratching around the burial site for clues about the ancient civilization. I wonder why the dog scratching around 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 around for any type of work that would let them earn a living. I was scratching around the office for nearly an hour looking for the key to the warehouse.
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These black fellows danced and sang, scratched around in the earth from which they had cleared the trees and underbrush; they watched things grow, and when they had ripened, they cut them down and put them in straw-thatched huts.
If only he had tried the same tactics when England needed 145 to win the second Test last month - instead he scratched around for seven runs from 40 balls.
Yuvraj Singh scratched around for his 25, and Kemar Roach produced two edges off an aggressive Dhoni's bat by the time he had reached 16.
Sangakkara scratched around for 23 balls before feathering Abdul Razzaq's first ball - which was short and wide - behind for a paltry five.
"But we've scratched around and found all but pounds 230m, so we've got virtually pounds 1.25bn.
The 33-year-old has scratched around for just 39 runs at 9.75 in four matches for Kolkata Knight Riders, including a pair of ducks.
Thousands of pounds-worth of damage was caused when more than 20 cars in Canning Street, Hebburn, were scratched around Good Friday.
But Shah's response was to find fluency in the 246-run chase, guiding the tourists home with an unbeaten 33, having scratched around unconvincingly during his first visit to the crease.
Coulthard cheekily gave "a special thanks to Montoya for his contribution to my points finish" as his adversary scratched around for excuses.
When he scratched around at the start of his innings, scoring only four off his initial 21 deliveries, a second half-century in 11 innings for England this summer looked a distance away against an Australian side whose winning trot against their Ashes rivals stretched back 14 matches and the best part of six years.
Home captain Jonathan Batty elected to bat after winning the toss but scratched around for 17 balls without scoring before being trapped lbw by South Africa paceman Nantie Hayward.
Now, having scratched around at Newport and then Cardiff after losing his international place, Rogers is not even playing the game at all, having cut short his two-year contract with Roma a few weeks ago.
ARDS, the other promotion favourites, scratched around as well before winning 2-1 at home against BALLYCLARE.
Or what about Nasser Hussain who, on his one-day international debut in this country, scratched around for 27 and ran top-sco rer Nick Knight out?
Left-hander Langer was rarely looked troubled in scoring 68 but Ramprakash scratched around for 10 in 23 overs.