root around for (something)

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root around for (something)

To dig or rummage aimlessly (in or through some cluttered location in order to find something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "around" and "for" to specify where one is looking. Tom went up the attic and rooted around for his old comic book location. A raccoon had gotten into the dumpster and was rooting around for something to eat. I caught my brother rooting around my purse for money again.
See also: around, root
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AT the first sign of summer, Teessiders tend to get straight in the shed and root around for the barbecue and deckchairs.
It saves the need to root around for change, means bus drivers can carry less money and also speeds up people getting on and off buses.
At least her being out of the house gives Ashley a chance to sneak in, get himself something to eat, and root around for some of his valuable possessions which he can pawn.
You won't have to root around for batteries or charge a toy up before the kids can use it because these toys for babies, toddlers (and dads, of course) aren't electronic and so help to cut the number of batteries used in the UK.
People are also being invited to root around for any unwanted plants they can take along to the sale and organisers say everyone is welcome to go along.
"I'd advise people to have a root around for it," said watch expert Jonathan Betts of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, South East London.
It can be stressful and upsetting enough having to visit loved ones in hospital without having to root around for change in order to leave your car without the risk of it being clamped.
GREEN fingered residents are being invited to root around for some spare time and head off to a meeting on Saturday.
Putting such restrictions on information is exactly why journalists have to root around for news from alternative sources.
Delegates root around for free pens and squeezy toys.