scope out

phrasal verb

scoped out; scoping out; scopes out
US, informal
: to look at (someone or something) especially in order to get information
They scoped out the area before setting up the tent.
Players were scoping out the competition.
He wants to scope out all of the possibilities before deciding what to do.

Examples of scope out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, Sugar shows up with some food for Charlie and instructions on scoping out Stallings’s place tomorrow morning, with just enough time to clock Carlo’s truck outside and rush the guy in the knick of time. Andy Andersen, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2024 County officials considered putting the crisis unit in a building a few miles from the hospital and even got an architect to scope out a renovation, according to meeting minutes. Isabelle Taft, ProPublica, 28 May 2024 Popular on Variety The episode opens with Ruby scoping out the Tardis and the Doctor explaining his origin on the planet Gallifrey. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 6 May 2024 Police scope out the scene of a crime and find a piece of evidence: a strand of hair, a blood sample, a bullet casing. Christian Mysliwiec, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2024 Unfortunately, the patterns that are setting up now don't necessarily match that expectation, which may leave those who put in the research to scope out the best locations suddenly in the lurch. Eric Henderson, CBS News, 6 Apr. 2024 Helicopters scoped out the chaotic scene in Holmby Hills. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2024 After visiting to scope out the site, Mast’s staff proposed to replant the whole acreage, free, and even pay Mr. Harland a bit at the end. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Social media has increasingly allowed companies to more easily scope out and target niche groups of consumers in an increasingly fragmented market, said Alexander Chernev, a professor of marketing at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 17 Mar. 2024

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“Scope out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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