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  • Thoroughly scrutinizing, especially in a disconcerting way.

    ‘you have to ask yourselves some searching questions’
    • ‘Few tracks offer a most searching examination of a thoroughbred's ability, and potential.’
    • ‘That in turn begs searching questions about future investment and growth.’
    • ‘It was a searching question which he repeated four minutes later, when the same combination produced an identical result.’
    • ‘Wise, sharp Michele has been asking searching questions for as long as she can remember.’
    • ‘Could it be that we are genetically programed to create a form of religion in order to answer our searching questions?’
    • ‘This has given her the knowledge and confidence to answer the most searching of questions from students.’
    • ‘Five residents have agreed to ask searching questions on behalf of the group to bring out what they feel are the negative aspects of the plan.’
    • ‘Sinclair's expected departure means Perry will now be under pressure to avoid further searching questions.’
    • ‘The team's winning habit has been so relentless these last two years, but adversity asks more searching questions.’
    • ‘Moreover, searching questions regarding faculty and amenities might not be possible.’
    • ‘And it asks searching questions about the way state aid to industry is currently structured and doled out.’
    • ‘Now the really searching questions were being asked of our fellows who responded in some style.’
    • ‘Due credit has to go to the hosts for striving to maintain some sense of momentum in the absence of any searching questions.’
    • ‘Every meeting with a Prime Minister is an opportunity for the Queen to ask searching questions.’
    • ‘If this was a covert air war, both Bush and Blair may face searching questions.’
    • ‘JB Morrell asked me a lot of searching questions and his sense of fair play was immaculate.’
    • ‘That poses two searching questions for those determined to push the UK into the euro.’
    • ‘Following a few searching questions, Mark was becoming more convinced that the story about Bernie was true.’
    • ‘In the next two days Myra asked her daughter many searching questions.’
    • ‘A couple need to reflect on the year and ask themselves searching questions.’



/ˈsərCHiNG/ /ˈsərtʃɪŋ/