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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!
See also: fleece, golden, of, 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

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 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!"
See also: search

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: 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, 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.
See also: search

search high and low

(for someone or something) Go to hunt high and low (for someone or something).
See also: and, high, low, search

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.
See also: search

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]
See also: search

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

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
See also: search

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

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

search out

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?
See also: search

search me

Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.
See also: search
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However, the CCI of our system helps this searcher migration from a group to another, when his new search queries have much higher similarity with the new group concepts.
They, however, considered unacceptable and repugnant the regulation requiring university students to provide recommendation from their professors, the regulation requiring prospective users of archives to give sufficient notice in writing of their intention to conduct search in the archives, the regulation requiring the use of pencil only in taking notes and the regulation limiting the number of materials that a searcher can consult at a time.
Techniques for publishing, organizing, and accessing content are changing rapidly as a result of new technological developments, the competitive information marketplace, and the growing sophistication of searchers.
Mr Hinde has written to law firms explaining there are some files held by the council which cannot be viewed by personal searchers.
Each profile is designed to allow the searcher to easily grasp what the engine has to offer and how to take advantage of it.
The searcher supplies an image, such as a rug pattern, and the software finds a similar image.
Though clearly easier said than done, if they were to equalize the number of searches per searcher with Google they would command more than 40 percent market share.
In January, searchers in Japan conducted an average of 100 searches per searcher during the month.
9 billion searches were conducted in Japan with each searcher conducting an average of 96 searches during the month.
If a suspected shuttle piece was found, the searcher yelled out ``part'' and a representative from either the Environmental Protection Agency or NASA would come to record the position of the piece and to collect it.
The ILP technology, designed to work with paid search, will allow companies to dynamically deliver a targeted rich media landing page containing multiple video, audio and/or interactive Flash applications when the searcher selects a paid keyword ad.
When a searcher clicks on a pay-per-call search listing, a company profile page is displayed that includes details such as wholesale products sold, business hours, ordering and shipping information and the company logo.
24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Family Tree Searcher Web site has been expanded to make researching your genealogy easier.
NYSE:RIG) today announced that Statoil has awarded a three-year drilling contract to the company's semisubmersible rig Transocean Searcher for operations offshore Norway.
We're finally on Android," said Dominik Mazur, CEO and co-founder of Image Searcher, Inc.