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canvass
as in:  canvass the crowd


Our sparse neighborhood was being canvassed.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

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solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
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Word Confusion:  Do not confuse this with the "canvas" that is painted upon.

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  • Our sparse neighborhood was being canvassed.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Warn the Turners and the Canvasses to stay safe.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • I canvassed all the other possibilities I could think of, but there seemed to be no source of food available which would be adequate to satisfy the appetites of three adult and four young wolves.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I’ve got people running down the woman who was on duty last night, canvassing the rooms, and working the Newport angle.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client

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  • "You’ve canvassed the neighbors?"
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Alas for the Professor, although he petitioned and canvassed and hustled, presenting himself to a dozen offices in as many days, his increasingly frenzied efforts came to naught.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Thirty minutes later I’d canvassed the entire lot.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • A canvass of guests on the thirtieth floor had been slightly more successful.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Sean’s eyes canvassed her whole body.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Meantime the subject of the arrest was being canvassed in every different form.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • At the Meetings Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself in between times.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • In 1985, following his junior year at Woodson, Chris was hired by a local building contractor to canvass neighborhoods for sales, drumming up siding jobs and kitchen remodelings.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He canvassed his system.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He planned to canvass the streets, search every lane and alley for the princess before moving on to another town or city.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Between ourselves, you know, Crofton (he’s a decent chap, of course), but he’s not worth a damn as a canvasser.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • There were still students streaming out of Sterling High as teams of EMTs began canvassing the building to take care of the wounded.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The rest of the Shadowhunters had spread out and were canvassing the bank, sweeping it with those odd things they used—Sensors—checking every corner for demon activity.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • We think so very differently on this point, Mr. Knightley, that there can be no use in canvassing it.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • In the Sorrows of Werter, besides the interest of its simple and affecting story, so many opinions are canvassed and so many lights thrown upon what had hitherto been to me obscure subjects that I found in it a never-ending source of speculation and astonishment.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The subject which had been so warmly canvassed between their parents, about a twelvemonth ago, was now brought forward again.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • In those days, this matter of slavery had never been canvassed as it has now; nobody dreamed of any harm in it.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • After she had unsuccessfully canvassed the town and refused the importuning of many eager Carpetbaggers, she finally decided to take Tommy’s suggestion and ask Hugh Elsing.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Marius could make nothing out of it, as Jondrette stood between the picture and him; he only saw a coarse daub, and a sort of principal personage colored with the harsh crudity of foreign canvasses and screen paintings.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Harry seized on the subject with relief and they passed a few happy moments abusing her, but the subject had already been so thoroughly canvassed during DA meetings it did not last very long.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • No use canvassing him for an ad.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • After canvassing the street, he’d stand on the curb’s edge and look up at the house windows.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • When daylight arrived, at last, he had made many a mile, and canvassed many a crowd, but the only result was that he was tolerably tired, rather hungry and very sleepy.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • At the close of my school year in Washington I was very pleasantly surprised to receive, from a committee of three white people in Charleston, an invitation to canvass the state in the interests of that city.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • The young assistant manager, Jeremy Bellamy, volunteered to help canvass, so they divided the camp into four areas and each headed out armed with a map, Missy’s picture, and an office walkie-talkie.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • For me at least—in the circumstances then surrounding me—there arose out of the pure abstractions which the hypochondriac contrived to throw upon his canvass, an intensity of intolerable awe, no shadow of which felt I ever yet in the contemplation of the certainly glowing yet too concrete reveries of Fuseli.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • They came too and were shown several different places where the sheet had lain, and some of them with pistols already in their pockets began to canvass about for someone to crucify.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • They appeared to be always excited about canvassing and electing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I wish Frederick would spread a little more canvass, and bring us home one of these young ladies to Kellynch.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Here was a type of the traveling canvasser for a manufacturing house a class which at that time was first being dubbed by the slang of the day "drummers."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Therefore they worked hard, but not harder than Judge Driscoll and Tom worked against them in the closing days of the canvass.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • My responsibilities were to organize the campaign, coordinate the regional branches, canvass for volunteers, and raise funds.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • These opinions had been hardly canvassed a year before another event arose of such importance in the family, as might fairly claim some place in the thoughts and conversation of the ladies.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • When the canvass was removed, the first articles that came in view were some of the habiliments of the male sex.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It contained the Norman word "melee", (to express the general conflict,) and it evinced some indifference to the honour of the country; but it was spoken by Athelstane, whom he held in such profound respect, that he would not trust himself to canvass his motives or his foibles.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • CHAPTER 26 From this time, the subject was frequently canvassed by the three young people; and Catherine found, with some surprise, that her two young friends were perfectly agreed in considering Isabella’s want of consequence and fortune as likely to throw great difficulties in the way of her marrying their brother.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The deputation, who had only seen him at canvassing or election time, were struck dumb by his coolness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • They went clothed in steel and equipped with sword and lance and battle-axe, and if they couldn’t persuade a person to try a sewing-machine on the installment plan, or a melodeon, or a barbed-wire fence, or a prohibition journal, or any of the other thousand and one things they canvassed for, they removed him and passed on.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • This subject has been very narrowly canvassed among them, and it has been debated whether a firm and entire health could be called a pleasure or not.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • There were plenty of reasons why he should not go—public reasons why he should not quit his post at this crisis, leaving Mr. Brooke in the lurch when he needed "coaching" for the election, and when there was so much canvassing, direct and indirect, to be carried on.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Instead he replied (which was true at times) that his father canvassed for a washing machine and wringer company—and on Sundays preached—a religious revelation, which was not at all displeasing to this master of boys who were inclined to be anything but home-loving and conservative.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Aunt Pat headed out to canvass the neighbors.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • I confess I had never had such a question asked me before, nor had I ever canvassed it.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • I canvassed when a student in this way and found the method successful.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Because she’d do the work and not try and make them go canvassing on weekends.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Didn’t we canvass for it together?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
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