MEANING: verb tr.: To investigate.

rom Latin scrutari (to examine). Earliest documented use: 1882.

SCRULATE - To investigate after the fact.

Example: Late Christmas morning a farm boy jumped from his bed and ran to see what good Santa had brought. He finds that his Christmas stocking is filled with horse dung.
"I told you to get up early," his father said,"Santa brought you a nice pony but it ran away".