scouring

noun
scour·ing | \ˈskau̇(-ə)r-iŋ \

Definition of scouring 

1 : material removed by scouring or cleaning

2 : the lowest rank of society usually used in plural

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Avoid Abrasives Stainless steel can be easily dulled and damaged by using an abrasive scouring pad or cleaning agent. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Stainless Steel," 13 Mar. 2018 Some people may often decide to hire an accountant out of fear of filing incorrectly and getting audited, but the IRS rarely asks for an in-depth scouring of people's taxes. Judith Ohikuare, refinery29.com, "Should You Hire An Accountant To Help With Your Taxes?," 13 Mar. 2018 The second head is the Sunflower, which is made for scrubbing and scouring. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Scrub Daddy's New Product Is Even Better Than the OG Sponge," 16 Oct. 2017 Confirming exactly how much bigger each planet is will require true scouring. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Already, Destiny 2 understands its fate, its purpose, its desti… you know," 5 Sep. 2017 For the first few months, rats were almost daily visitors, coming in through unseen holes or through a hole in the bathroom that Ms. Garcia plugged with a steel-wool scouring pad and mints, which rats hate. Kim Barker, New York Times, "Landlord Raised Rents for Renovations Never Done, Lawsuit Says," 25 July 2017 In the past, thousands of people would come for the scouring, holding a fair in the circle of a prehistoric fort nearby. Emily Cleaver, Smithsonian, "Against All Odds, England’s Massive Chalk Horse Has Survived 3,000 Years," 6 July 2017 The scouring of the former president’s life and legacy seems to be a welcome topic for writers and biographers (and readers) as President Trump tries his best to wipe clear the legislative legacy of his predecessor. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Meet the Woman Barack Obama Proposed to Before Michelle," 3 May 2017 The scouring of the former president’s life and legacy seems to be a welcome topic for writers and biographers (and readers) as President Trump tries his best to wipe clear the legislative legacy of his predecessor. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Meet the Woman Barack Obama Proposed to Before Michelle," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of scouring

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scouring was in 1588

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