rummage through

rummage through something

to move things about haphazardly while searching through something. I rummaged through my top drawer, looking for any two socks that matched. Mary spent some time rummaging through the toolbox before she found what she was looking for.
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Lisa Burles, manager of the British Heart Foundation store, said: "People rummage through the bins and just throw the rubbish on the street and we've had complaints about it.
Then yesterday she was pictured leaving a BBC radio studio in London with a cigarette in her mouth after a long rummage through her bag to find one.
No longer will you have to rummage through bags and pockets, as the keychain will stylishly hold all keys in a central place.
Yet, instead of waking the neighbors with car doors and wrenching bras off mannequins, contestants here will rummage through clothing racks in search of the ugliest bridesmaid dress imaginable and scream at their mothers until they reduce them to tears.
I would rummage through those well-read pages, often picking out stories of our worldwide communion.
Meanwhile, from November 8 to January 20, IVAM, Valencia, will rummage through the closets of the equally intriguing Claude Cahun, artist, philosopher, writer, and gender terrorist par excellence.
When she declined to let the welfare brigades rummage through her apartment to look for evidence of abuse and fraud--though there was no probable cause or even reasonable suspicion to believe that she was abusing her child or defrauding the state--the government cut off the child's food money.
Cost Plus buyers rummage through kasbahs, marketplaces and covered bazaars from Buenos Aires to Marrakech, with what I call the small indulgences rule in mind," said Pat Belardi, Cost Plus vice president of Merchandising.
Godbold's latest exhibition was called "Social Anxiety (& other unrelated) Disorder[s]" and, as ever, his grab bag of images and text derived from a well-informed rummage through the mustier corners of European art history and an equally enthusiastic trawl through the less edifying shallows of contemporary pop culture.
Tenants who never complained about any housing problem were coerced into allowing inspectors to rummage through their units looking for any violation,'' Greenberg said.
Cost Plus buyers rummage through kasbahs, marketplaces and covered bazaars from Buenos Aires to Marrakech with what I call the small indulgences rule in mind," said Pat Belardi, Cost Plus vice president of merchandising.
In order to follow in the tracks of his inventive personality, we must scrutinize the photographs and other materials that document his ingenious shop windows, like the one he designed for Jay's Shoes in Buffalo; rummage through his fabulous designs commissioned in 1942, for Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery; and explore his numerous set designs for operas by Mozart, Gluck, and other composers.