search

[ surch ]
/ sɜrtʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to inquire, investigate, examine, or seek; conduct an examination or investigation.

noun

Idioms for search

    search me, I don't know: Why has it taken so long to reach a decision? Search me.

Origin of search

1300–50; (v.) Middle English serchen, cerchen (< Anglo-French sercher) < Old French cerchier < Late Latin circāre to go around, derivative of Latin circus circle; (noun) Middle English serche < Anglo-French serche, Old French cerche, derivative of cerchier

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British Dictionary definitions for search me

search
/ (sɜːtʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of search

searchable, adjectivesearcher, noun

Word Origin for search

C14: from Old French cerchier, from Late Latin circāre to go around, from Latin circus circle
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Idioms and Phrases with search me (1 of 2)

search me

I don't know the answer to that, as in Where's John?—Search me, I haven't seen him for weeks. This expression in effect means “you can investigate me completely for the information you want but you won't find it.” [Slang; c. 1900]

Idioms and Phrases with search me (2 of 2)

search

In addition to the idiom beginning with search

  • search me

also see:

  • high and low, search
  • in search of
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