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    Question scout out

    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.
    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?

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    Re: scout out

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    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?

    Thanks!
    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.



    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

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    Re: scout out

    Hi Reemy,

    Thank you for your answer. You're helpful.

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