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root around

To dig or rummage aimlessly (in or through some cluttered location). Usually used in the continuous tense. Tom rooted around the attic for a while, but he couldn't find his old comic book location. A raccoon had gotten into the dumpster and was rooting around for something to eat. He walked into the office and caught two men rooting around.
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root around (for something)

to dig or shuffle in or through something, looking for something. Alice rooted around in her desk drawer for a pen. I'll root around here and see if I can find it.
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First Congregational Church of Elgin will celebrate the Christian holy day of Pentecost this Sunday with special music, dance and testimonies of faith rooted around the world.
EUR-USD remained rooted around the 1.1350 level, while USD-JPY printed a two-day high at 109.79, which is 9 pips shy of Monday's peak.
It is a sign of just how far the over-hyped frenzy of the supposed "communications revolution" has gone that people need reminding that Dixons and Tesco are pretty firmly rooted around boring old shops.
For example: "And (her) lion, tossing its mane and uttering a terrible roar, / Rooted around searching for breaths still coming from the bodies of the enemies of the gods" (2.67, p.
He described how, under local anaesthetic, Dr Kiely made two incisions in his scalp and "rooted around" with a stainless steel instrument.
I pulled over as far as I could and rooted around in the boot for the correct tools.
Well actually I'm going to totally disagree with him because this means they were put in pots sooner than left bare rooted around the nursery of a garden centre.
Donna Atkinson, manager of the shop, said: "Thank you to everyone who rooted around their cupboards and drawers to dig out their old mobiles for Scope.
FBI agents and deputies from the Arapahoe County sheriff's office stood outside his apartment building as authorities rooted around inside.
The $17.5 billion raised in an international bond issuance last month will help to steady the ship, but more borrowing will probably be required if oil prices stay rooted around $50 per barrel.