One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Carry out a detailed search of an area.‘the men form a line and emu-bob through the waist-high scrub’with object ‘after emu-bobbing the surroundings for potential clues, they return along the track’
- ‘The scouts spend much of the afternoon emu-bobbing through the scrub.’
- ‘Groups of cadets scoured the area 'emu-bobbing' to ensure there was no litter.’
- ‘They are emu-bobbing the desert at the moment with choppers.’
- ‘While waiting, they emu-bobbed the outer vicinity and the nearby roadside verges.’
- ‘After emu-bobbing the surrounds for potential clues, they sent the constables to return along the track.’
Early 20th century: with allusion to the movements of an emu bending its neck towards the ground in search of food.
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