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rummage around (somewhere) (for something)

to move things about haphazardly while looking for something somewhere. Alice rummaged around in the drawer for a candy bar she had been saving. After she rummaged around for the candy bar, she found it. She rummaged around in the old trunk.
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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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Many rooms and offices in the rectory had been rummaged through, according to authorities, and it appeared that several gift cards were missing from the third floor office.
Given the clients' desire for privacy on a site open to intrusion on all sides and the need to admit the views and Californian light, Ehrlich rummaged through the Classical canon.
Fifty-three celebrities rummaged through their closets, homes and recording studios to donate autographed personal items that displayed the most "country style.
In Durah village, IOF troops arrested Mustafa Abdul Hameed al-Namoura , 20, and Faker Sharif Abu Ras after raiding their parents' houses and rummaged with the contents.
Families sitting at the Switzer tables were often joined by the 18-month- old cub, which helped itself to bits of hamburger and potato chips or rummaged around the trash bin.
In the search for an AIDS treatment, researchers have triedalready available agents, designed new chemical entities and rummaged through libraries of drugs shelved because they failed other purposes.
This is good for you," Huong told Eads as soldiers rummaged through his Hanoi hotel room, then hustled the two away for interrogation.
Confrontations launched between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in more than one area in the city, and that several houses were stormed, searched and rummaged with their contents, the witnesses added.
Tarantino himself came up with the story, which he rummaged from a 1993 Kiefer Sutherland/Sandra Bullock film called ``The Vanishing,'' itself cribbed from a far better 1988 Dutch film, the title of which means the same but looks kind of silly spelled out (OK, it's ``Spoorloos'').
In addition to disregarding police orders, the suit charged that union members entered private bedrooms and bathrooms in violation of state privacy regulations and rummaged through the personal belongings of infirm patients, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, so they could distribute union propaganda.
The forces raided his house, searched it and rummaged with its contents and then transferred him to Qiryat Arbasettlement.
Discovered by his landlady after Darger's death, the artworks - mostly of a primitive/innocent style derived from children's books, magazine illustrations and newspaper ads Darger rummaged from trash cans - were given effective, if minimal movement by a small team of animators over a painstaking two-year period.