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go in search of the golden fleece

To embark on an adventure, often one that is very dangerous or challenging. In Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts went on a quest to find the golden fleece of a winged ram. The fossil hunters' descent into the cave is like the modern version of going in search of the golden fleece!
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go out in search of (someone or something)

To depart in order to seek or search for someone or something. The entire neighborhood has gone out in search of the missing child. I'm going out in search of a new book to read.
See also: go, of, out, search

in search of (someone or something)

Hunting, seeking, or trying to find someone or something. I'm going to town in search of a new book to read. The company is in search of a new chief financial officer.
See also: of, search

search (one's) conscience

To carefully consider or think about one's own motivations for doing something. We're asking upper management to search their consciences and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your conscience—you don't want to go through with this.
See also: conscience, search

search (one's) heart

To carefully consider or think about one's own emotions about or motivations for something. We're asking upper management to search their hearts and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your heart—you know that breaking up was the right thing to do.
See also: heart, search

search (one's) soul

To carefully consider or think about one's own emotions about or motivations for something. We're asking upper management to search their souls and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your soul—you know that breaking up was the right thing to do.
See also: search, soul

search (something) with a fine-tooth comb

To scrutinize something; to examine or look at something very carefully. We need to search these files with a fine-tooth comb to find that missing paperwork. Police already searched the crime scene with a fine-tooth comb, but they didn't find a shred of evidence.
See also: comb, search

search after (someone or something)

To try to locate or endeavor to obtain someone or something. We've been searching after a new HR manager, but so far the none of the candidates have been the right fit. I'm searching after a computer that can render a lot of complex 3D models.
See also: after, search

search for (someone or something)

To hunt, seek, or try to discover something. We've been searching for locations to shoot our new film. The border is always filled with refugees searching for a better future.
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search high and low

To look intently for something, usually in many different places. I've searched high and low for that old photo album, but I can't find it anywhere.
See also: and, high, low, search

search high and low (for someone or something)

To look absolutely everywhere for someone or something. We've been searching high and low for an apartment we can afford, but the housing market in this town is atrocious. I searched high and low, but I couldn't find my passport anywhere.
See also: and, high, low, search, someone

search me

A response when one does not know the answer to a question. A: "How long has this milk been in the fridge?" B: "Search me. Check the expiration date." A: "When's Ali's birthday?" B: "Search me!"
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search out

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.
See also: out, search

search through (something or some place)

To look through some place or thing, as in an effort to find something. There are dozens of children in this town who spend their days searching through the dump for something to eat. I searched through the contract, but could find no mention of the rates we had already agreed upon.
See also: search, through

go out in search of someone or something

to leave to find someone or something. I went out in search of someone to help me. Mary went out in search of Gloria.
See also: go, of, out, search

go over something with a fine-tooth comb

 and search something with a fine-tooth comb; go through something with a fine-tooth comb
Fig. to search through something very carefully. I can't find my calculus book. I went over the whole place with a fine-tooth comb. I searched this place with a fine-tooth comb and didn't find my ring.
See also: comb, go, over

hunt high and low (for someone or something)

 and look high and low (for someone or something); search high and low (for someone or something)
Fig. to look carefully in every possible place for someone or something. We looked high and low for the right teacher. The Smiths are searching high and low for the home of their dreams.
See also: and, high, hunt, low

in quest of someone or something

 and in search of someone or something
seeking or hunting something; trying to find something. They went into town in quest of a reasonably priced restaurant. Monday morning I'll go out in search of a job.
See also: of, quest

search after someone or something

to look for someone or something. (Perhaps over a long period of time.) We searched after a suitable candidate for weeks. I am searching after a part for my '57 Chevy.
See also: after, search

search for someone or something

to look very hard for someone or something. I searched for Ted everywhere, but he was already gone. I have searched for my glasses high and low.
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search high and low

(for someone or something) Go to hunt high and low (for someone or something).
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Search me.

Inf. I do not know.; You can search my clothing and my person, but you won't find the answer to your question anywhere near me. (The two words have equal stress.) Jane: What time does Mary's flight get in? Sally: Search me. John: What kind of paint should I use on this fence? Bill: Search me.
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search someone for something

to feel, touch, pat, frisk, or examine electronically a person's body, looking for something hidden underneath the clothes. The police searched the suspect for hidden weapons. The airport guard used an electronic instrument to search the passengers for weapons.
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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.
See also: out, search

search something for someone or something

to examine something, looking for someone or something. Everyone searched the house for little Wally, but he was not to be found. I searched all my coat pockets for the note, but I didn't find it.
See also: search

search through something

to examine all the things found in something. I searched through my books for the answer. My drawers were searched through thoroughly.
See also: search, through

in search of

Also, in quest of. Looking for, seeking, as in They went to California in search of gold, or I went to the library in quest of a quiet place to read. The first term dates from the mid-1400s, the second from the second half of the 1500s.
See also: of, search

search me

I don't know the answer to that, as in Where's John?-Search me, I haven't seen him for weeks. This expression in effect means "you can investigate me completely for the information you want but you won't find it." [Slang; c. 1900]
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search high and low

If you search high and low for something, you search everywhere for it. I've searched high and low and I still can't find that book. Note: You can use the verbs hunt or look instead of search. I've hunted high and low for the photos, but I can't find them.
See also: and, high, low, search

search me

INFORMAL
You say search me when someone asks you a question and you want to emphasize that you do not know the answer. `So why did he get interested all of a sudden?' — `Search me.'
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search me!

I do not know (used for emphasis). informal
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search your ˈheart/ˈsoul/ˈconscience

(formal) think carefully about your feelings or your reasons for doing something: If I searched my heart I’d probably find that I don’t always tell the truth. ▶ ˈheart-searching, ˈsoul-searching nouns: His divorce forced him to do a lot of soul-searching.

ˌsearch ˈme

(spoken) I don’t know; I’ve no idea: ‘What’s the capital of Queensland?’ ‘Search me!’
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search for

v.
To conduct a thorough investigation for someone or something; seek someone or something: The police are searching for the missing student.
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search out

v.
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.
See also: out, search

Search me

sent. I don’t know. (There is a heavy stress on both words.) TOM: How do crickets make that chirping noise? BILL: Search me. You can search me. How should I know?
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search me

Slang
Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.
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The 10 words selected with the consultation of pediatrician searched in five general search engines containing AltaVista, Ask, Google, MSN and Yahoo and also, five medical specialized search engines such as HealthInsight, Medic8, MedlinePlus, Medology and Trip Database.
Third, containers within a vehicle may be searched when it is reasonable to believe that the object of the search is likely to be within the container.
The board seemed to have painted istelf into a corner by promising not to conduct surprise searches--where's the deterrence if students know which days their schools will be searched? Then there was the ACLU.
I strongly encourage officers to thoroughly search any prisoner they transport regardless of whether he already has been searched. In fact, while working narcotics, I got to the point where I told transporting officers that the prisoner had not been searched, even if he had, because I noticed that if I told the transporting officers that the prisoner already had been searched, many times either they neglected to search him again or they conducted a minimal search at best.
It includes, for example, the Usenet newsgroup system of messages, listservs or "electronic conferences", databases available through telnet, library catalogues, FTP (file transfer protocol) archives, commercial online information services that can be searched through their own systems for a fee, electronic mail, Internet broadcasting, and Internet telephone and fax services.
If the answer to a research question can only be found i a database that has not been searched, obviously researcher will not find it until this database is searched.
Seeing recent puncture marks, the officer had Thomas stand and face the wall while he frisked him and searched his trouser pockets.
For instance, most CD-ROM searches for a Code section yield not just that section, but easily accessible cross-reference links to, for example, the related regulations, definitions of certain words in a tax glossary, the corresponding portions of a multivolume tax service in which the section is discussed, or other Code sections cited within the searched section.
Mobile homes, closed containers within cars, as well as cars themselves may be searched without a warrant.
Easy Search uses simple menus and prompts to develop a search query, which is then automatically translated into a command string and searched. Up to this point Easy Search works well, but it falls short in the remaining steps of the search process.
The nice thing about metasearching is that large numbers of diverse collections from multiple projects can be searched simultaneously.
The plaintiffs had been held for three hours and were subjected to highly intrusive strip searches, and the sheriff kept the plaintiffs handcuffed after they had been searched and no weapons or contraband had been found.
(17) A federal appellate court has explained that "[p]robable cause for a forced entry in response to exigent circumstances requires finding a probability that a person is in 'danger.'" (18) One commentator has summarized the prevailing test used by many courts to review emergency warrantless, nonconsensual entries and searches as 1) the police must have reasonable grounds to believe that there is an emergency at hand and an immediate need for their assistance for the protection of life or property; 2) the search must not be motivated primarily by intent to arrest and seize evidence; and 3) there must be some reasonable basis, approximating probable cause, to associate the emergency with the area or place to be searched. (19)
The major search engines do not offer great precision or any guarantee of authority; the best sites in a given field are spread around the nooks and crannies of the Internet and need to be located and then individually searched for relevant information; and even topical electronic mailing lists can require substantial effort to monitor and sift through to extract useful information.
DEA agents, working with Mexican police, searched a home belonging to a Mexican national living in Mexico.