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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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Some of my friends wouldn't dream of buying resale clothes, but I'm a rummager.
Beck Hansen that is, grandson of another artistic rummager, the late Al Hansen.
Though I suspect Jordan's sliding doors have accommodated more browsers and rummagers than Marks & Sparks.
Today's high earners are resourceful rummagers who are far from being obsessed with the latest must-haves, it seems.
Today's high earners are resourceful rummagers,' said Mark Cheshire, a director at the bank.
Mark Cheshire, director of Lloyds TSB Premier Banking, said: "Today's high earners are resourceful rummagers who are not necessarily obsessed with the latest must-haves.