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To hunt, seek, or try to discover someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "search" and "out." We've been searching out locations to shoot our new film. I have to search Sarah out to get the administrator password to the computer.
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search someone or something out
to seek and find someone or something. I will search Fred out. I know he's here somewhere. We have to search out the key to the safe-deposit box.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To seek and find someone or something: I managed to search out an old jazz album. She lost his address, but she was able to search him out using the Internet.
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