root through (something) (for something)(redirected from rooting through something for)
root through (something) (for something)
To dig or rummage aimlessly in or through some cluttered place or collection of things in order to find something. I caught my brother rooting through my purse again. A raccoon was rooting through the dumpster for something to eat. We spent the whole afternoon rooting through old photographs of Granny Mary, picking the best ones for her memorial service.
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