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Hello! The quoted words are from Cambridge Dictionary about the definition of "scout". I understand the meaning of "scout", which means search. But What is the exact meaning of the phrase -scout out? Is it only related to "information"? Can I replace it with "scout around for" in sentence 2?
eg1 He's scouting about/around for
somewhere better to live.
eg2 She's opened an office in Connecticut to scout out
(= discover information about) the east coast housing market.
Re: scout out
The way I see it is that both phrasal verbs ( scout around/out) give in some contexts the meaning of to find by seeking, searching, so I think they could by exchangeable.
Originally Posted by thedaffodils
See quotes below from three online dictionaries:
scout out is
-to find out what an area is like or where something is, by searching:
e.g. We went ahead to scout out the lie of the land.
- Sometimes out/ up is used with scout to give the meaning of seek, search.
e.g. to scout up a date for Friday night.
-to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually fol. by out or up): Scout out a good book for me to read.
in BRIT, also use scout round If you scout around or scout round for something, you go to different places looking for it. (=look around)
They scouted around for more fuel... V P for n
I scouted round in the bushes. V P
Re: scout out
Thank you for your answer. You're helpful.
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