scrub = 'search diligently; scour'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 8 23:11:48 UTC 2013

A Cleveland police official on CNN says that they've "scrubbed the police
files" to see if clues about the horror house were missed.

What he means is  they "scoured" the files.

Not in OED.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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