Investors hunt for/scout for/scour for investment opportunities.
Are there any subtle differences between these 3 expressions.
Hunt: to search for something or someone very carefully and thoroughly
- to search an area or place for something or someone
- to explore (an area) in order to find information about it
- to watch or look at (someone or something) in order to decide if that person or thing is suited for a particular job or purpose
Scour: to search (something) carefully and thoroughly http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/scour
Here is my take.
"Hunt" implies there is a possibility that you won't find the opportunities.
I am not sure about "scout". Does it imply you look at a company for a long time to decide whether it is worth the investment?
I think "scour" implies that you are searching a wider area. But how can I interpret it in my sentence?