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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PROBE

In addition to this motive he felt an inclination to probe the matter to its utmost depths.

What patient shall be afraid of a probe in so delicate a hand?

Probe it with a fork, and do not take it up till it is tender throughout.

It is a grave affair of state and one that it is best not to probe into.

But where have you been, for the probe must have been over for some time?

It is quickly reached when we attempt to probe the mystery of selfhood.

It is not our business here to probe the corruption of any particular Government.

Still I suspect that you and Simmias would be glad to probe the argument further.

Rotha could not resist the temptation to probe these mysterious deliverances.

It was impossible to resist the impulse to probe the woman's meaning.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "instrument for exploring wounds, etc.," also "an examination," from Medieval Latin proba "examination," in Late Latin "a test, proof," from Latin probare (see prove). Meaning "act of probing" is 1890, from the verb; figurative sense of "penetrating investigation" is from 1903. Meaning "small, unmanned exploratory craft" is attested from 1953.

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