‘comb for something’

When you say that you combed for something, it means that you searched everywhere hoping to find it.

Example:  ” The film star combed the entire house for the missing diamond necklace that her husband had given her.”

It is also possible to comb for an individual.

Examples: ”The police combed the neighbourhood for the escaped convicts.” * “Everyone combed the temple for the missing children.”

Source:  ‘Know Your English’ Series – The Hindu Daily, October 10, 2005.

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