Meaning of poke around in English:

poke around

(British poke about)

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phrasal verb

informal
  • Look around a place, typically in search of something.

    • ‘she poked about in the cupboard for a minute or two’
    • ‘I roll over and hear our daughter poking around the house in search of dyed eggs.’
    • ‘Vittorio spies on Frank as he pokes around the parlor, searching for a hidden compartment.’
    • ‘Ramsey said search teams looked in burrows and sometimes poked around with sticks.’
    • ‘Believe me, we scoured the countryside and poked around in every old cabin and mining shack we could locate.’
    • ‘They rummaged rubbish heaps and poked around stacks of dried straw that lay against one part of the fence.’
    • ‘He and Hayden were poking around a monsoon drain on Number Thirteen, searching for Hayden's errant drive.’
    • ‘So while southern softies take their dogs for a stroll in the park, northern divers are poking about the wrecks of munitions ships in 40m, in search of unstable explosives for the barbecue.’
    • ‘I sighed and poked about in the bushes, searching for some sort of knob or button that might turn on the sprinklers.’
    • ‘So if you're still poking around the beach in rolled-up trousers and a floppy hat, wishing you could get out to a reading or something, well, you can.’
    • ‘I'd spent much of the day poking around the village - my young cousin had found a bizarre rusty Victorian-style hook in the garden which had set me to thinking.’
    • ‘But he wasn't convinced and after a bit of poking around said he thought it was more likely to be osteoarthritis, arguing that my hip joints may have simply worn out.’
    • ‘So I was poking around the Chronicle's annual survey of endowments.’
    • ‘Now we take this phenomenon for granted, but back in those early days, poking around inside a remote computer was heady business.’
    • ‘They don't like people poking around in their business.’
    • ‘But being the smart, sassy psychology student Ashton now is, he starts poking around, and soon people start dying.’
    • ‘Is it really so bad that you'd go to the middle of Death Valley in order to not have studio suits poking around your set?’
    • ‘We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.’
    • ‘It doesn't take much poking around the techie Web sites to find people dreaming hard about physical immortality.’
    • ‘This still doesn't guarantee a clean sweep though, especially if I start poking around those uncharted corners of the web.’
    • ‘We're still poking around to see what prompted Sherry's change of heart.’
    search, hunt, rummage, rummage around, forage, scrabble, grub, root about, root around, scavenge, fish about, fish around, rake around, feel around, grope around, nose around, ferret, ferret about, ferret, ferret around
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