She later confessed to poring over botanical volumes in search of suitable poisons and scouring the woods for lethal mushrooms.
Yes, they left out Tom Bombadil and the scouring of the Shire.
She had spent days scouring the markets for the ingredients.
McLennan was scouring church land with his metal detector in September when he came across a silver spoon.
Why are you consumed with visions of impending doom, scouring the planet for hidden Black Swans?
In the winter Snow-white lighted the fire, and put the kettle on, after scouring it, so that it resembled gold in brightness.
There are so many of us scouring the town every day without getting the smallest job.
Then they are scouring the woods for us, and that is why this camp is deserted!
Thereupon they went their way, scouring the fields as far as the road to Mareuil.
Had enough reading when I was a boy; heard enough psalm-singing, saw enough scrubbing and scouring to last me my lifetime.
"cleanse by hard rubbing," c.1200, from Middle Dutch scuren, schuren "to polish, to clean," and from Old French escurer, both from Late Latin excurare "clean off," literally "take good care of," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + curare "care for" (see cure (v.)). Possibly originally a technical term among Flemish workmen in England. Related: Scoured; scouring. As a noun, 1610s, from the verb.
"move quickly in search of something," c.1300, probably from Old Norse skyra "rush in," related to skur "storm, shower, shower of missiles" (see shower (n.)). Perhaps influenced by or blended with Old French escorre "to run out," from Latin excurrere (see excursion). Sense probably influenced by scour (v.1).