rummage around

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.
See also: around, rummage
References in classic literature ?
Then we would make up the rest of the standing army out of commonplace materi- als, and officer it with nobodies, as was proper -- nobodies selected on a basis of mere efficiency -- and we would make this regiment toe the line, allow it no aristocratic freedom from restraint, and force it to do all the work and persistent hammering, to the end that whenever the King's Own was tired and wanted to go off for a change and rummage around amongst ogres and have a good time, it could go without uneasiness, knowing that matters were in safe hands behind it, and business going to be continued at the old stand, same as usual.
One source said: "It'll be fascinating to see the gang rummage around in events which have changed the course of history.
He had a rummage around, found nothing of value and discarded the items.
They had a good old rummage around, which was really painful, but I just needed to know.
Letters of Our Lives, which is part of Royal Mail 500 years celebrations, asked people to look in their attics, rummage around their garages and search their sheds for letters or postcards that give a personal account of life in the UK, from centuries ago to present day Over 350 letters have been received to date from across the country on topics as diverse as young love and first trips abroad Royal Mail has revealed that it has - as part of its Letters of Our Lives campaign - unearthed a new letter written by the wife of explorer, Colonel Percival Fawcett, to a clairvoyant asking for information about her missing husband.
This is more of a DIY alternative for people who would rather rummage around their house than shell out nearly $100 for a costume.
Then I'll rummage around for some fresh local food, vintage clothes or a new upcycling project in the steady stream of eclectic shops, dodging buggies as I go - it's nicknamed nappy valley for a reason
THERE'S a shop around the corner from Suzi Dorey in Cardiff that she just can't resist having a regular rummage around.
They need to be able to hop around, play, generally rummage around and graze, ideally, so make sure your rabbit has the opportunity to do this daily.
30pm Keith Lemon (left) dons a Santa hat to rummage around the homes of mystery celebs.
The glamorous model is used to living the high life, but she got a taste of what it's like to be like everyone else as she had to open her bags and rummage around for her receipts in front of a crowd of onlookers.
Visitors could stroll down Weatherfield's cobbled street, rummage around the knicker factory and pop into The Kabin to pick up a paper.
While you're at it, rummage around in the Web site's trademark label section.
For example, if they want a block of Red Leicester cheese for 1 [pounds sterling], they have to hold open the door, put their hand in it and rummage around until they find the piece they want.
CELEBRITIES always ask shopkeepers to close their stores down especially for them to have a good old rummage around but now it is your chance to have your very own exclusive shop.