To look about

to look on all sides, or in different directions.

See also: Look

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
The bread and meat were acceptable, and the beer was warming and tingling, and I was soon in spirits to look about me.
I thought it didn't come from any animal I knew, but I wasn't for stopping to look about just then.