rummage around for (something)

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rummage around for (something)

To dig or root around 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. Usually used in the continuous tense. I think Tom's rummaging around for something up in the attic. A raccoon had gotten into the dumpster and was rummaging around for something to eat. I caught my brother rummaging around my purse for money again.
See also: around, rummage
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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!
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.
These include the Fatmax Fubar, which is designed for prying, splitting, board bending and striking jobs; the new range of Fatmax saws, which includes three application-specific saws for cutting materials such as plasterboard, breeze block and flooring; the Fatmax Organiser, which has an A-frame design, meaning tools are stored in an upright position so you don't have to rummage around for them; and the Fatmax Pliers, which are forged from chromehardened steel and are fully tempered for added strength.
In the wild, kakapos rummage around for plants from which they suck juices.
Super-sleuths had better rummage around for their thinking caps, as we delve into the magical mystery world of Sherlock Holmes this week.
I realised that my putting stroke was pretty good back then, so I went out to the garage and had a rummage around for the putter I was using on the video.
Grab the toolbox, rummage around for boxes of nails and screws, find the extension cord, go back again for the drill (oops--forgot the bits), and then root through the layers of long-forgotten goodies stashed in the toolbox only to discover that something's missing.
Mike then had to climb into the skip and rummage around for the gifts for his daughters Katherine, 23, Victoria, 21 and Emily, 19.
Solihull Library is selling off hundreds of books and is calling on residents to go along and rummage around for a bargain at its ex-stock sale.
Rummage around for MoTs and bills that confirm the tiny mileage and, if you can, speak to one of the previous owners.