One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she combed her hair’
groom, untangle, disentangle, smooth out, straighten, arrange, neaten, tidy, dress, rake
2‘the wool had been cleaned and combed’
separate, dress, card, tease, hackle, heckle, hatchel
3‘the police combed the area for the murder weapon’
search, scour, look around in, explore, sweep, probe, hunt through, look through, scrabble about in, scrabble around in, root about in, root around in, ferret in, ferret about in, ferret around in, rummage about in, rummage around in, rummage round in, rummage in, rummage through, forage through, fish about in, fish around in, poke about in, poke around in, dig in, grub about in, grub around in, delve in, go through, sift through, rake, rifle through, ransack, turn over, go through with a fine-tooth comb
turn upside down, turn inside out, leave no stone unturned in
British informal rootle around in
NZ Australian informal fossick through
rare roust around in
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