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  • v. to examine something (especially written material) carefully and attentively


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  • Their wants were few -- a pint of beer at the end of the day, sipped in the semi-subterranean kitchen, a weekly paper to pore over for seven nights hand-running, and conversation as meditative and vacant as the chewing of a heifer's cud.


  • If Courtenay lived to learn that the world had other things to do than pore over dull excerpts from inhuman State papers, we may pity his awakening; but we can never quite forgive the apologetic paragraph with which he relegates Dorothy Osborne's letters to the mouldy obscurity of an Appendix.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • It might have been a library, and the studious-looking people in white coats librarians or archivists moving bundles of old manuscripts about very carefully, leafing through them, or settling to pore over them at well-lit desks.


  • I pore over the abstract of title of the vineyard called Tokay on the rancho called Petaluma.

    Jack London's Kohler and Frohling Winery Ruins

  • And here, at the end of it all, I pore over books of astronomy from the prison library, such as they allow condemned men to read, and learn that even the heavens are passing fluxes, vexed with star - driftage as the earth is by the drifts of men.

    Chapter 21

  • When he was over eighty years, old he would woo the trout-streams with great success, and between times would pore over the Book till his eyes were dim.

    Our Friend John Burroughs

  • His use of it was sparing—sheer weariness did not permit nightly reading—but possessing it had meant that he could pore over the treasure trove of books Jem Thistlethwaite had sent in the only leisure activity did not make him feel a traitor to his family.

    Morgan’s Run


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