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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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References in classic literature ?
Among them odd heaps of old papers, this gentleman, when he comes into the property, naturally begins to rummage, don't you see?
Being a prudent man and accustomed to take care of your own affairs, you begin to rummage among the papers as you have come into; don't you?
So saying, he drew his companion along toward a group of rocks that rose upon one point of the island; there, after searching for some time, he began to rummage among the brambles, and, in so doing, scratched his hands until they bled.
My dear child--what are you, a rummage sale or a guess-me-quick?
I generally go on a cupboard rummage after reading Pickwick.
Aunt Plenty had even allowed Rose to rummage in her great china closet a spicy retreat, rich in all the "goodies" that children love; but Rose seemed to care little for these toothsome temptations; and when that hope failed, Aunt Plenty gave up in despair.