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rummage around

To dig or root around aimlessly (in or through some cluttered location). Usually used in the continuous tense. I think I can hear Tom rummaging around up in the attic again. A raccoon had gotten into the dumpster and was rummaging around for something to eat. He walked into the office and caught two men rummaging around.
See also: around, rummage

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

rummage around in (something)

To dig or root around aimlessly in or through some cluttered location. Usually used in the continuous tense. I caught my brother rummaging around in my desk again. A raccoon was rummaging around in the dumpster for something to eat.
See also: around, rummage

rummage around in (something) for (something)

To dig or root around aimlessly in or through some cluttered location in order to find something. I caught my brother rummaging around in my purse for money again. A raccoon was rummaging around in the dumpster for something to eat.
See also: around, rummage

rummage through (something) (for something)

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

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

rummage through something

to move things about haphazardly while searching through something. I rummaged through my top drawer, looking for any two socks that matched. Mary spent some time rummaging through the toolbox before she found what she was looking for.
See also: rummage, through
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Fed-up Brian Matheson rummaged through the refuse until he found mail with the culprit's address.
In the search for an AIDS treatment, researchers have triedalready available agents, designed new chemical entities and rummaged through libraries of drugs shelved because they failed other purposes.
Confrontations launched between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in more than one area in the city, and that several houses were stormed, searched and rummaged with their contents, the witnesses added.
Nattering non-stop we rummaged through racks of little girl dresses, sorted socks, tights, toys.
Intrigued by Farman's finding, Stolarski and others rummaged through the reams of data taken by an instrument called the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) on the polar-orbiting Nimbus-7 satellite launched by NASA in 1978.
The forces raided his house, searched it and rummaged with its contents and then transferred him to Qiryat Arbasettlement.
In Jenin, Israeli forces arrested Mujahed Yasser Deeb Tahayneh, 23, after they raided his parents' house and rummaged with the contents in the eastern neighborhood in the city.
Security sources revealed that Israeli forces arrested, Farid Ghazi Mahajneh, 27, from Rumaneh village after they raided his parent's house and rummaged with the contents.
Security sources said that the forces raided the house of the two brothers Jihad and Haidar Mohammad Qabha, searched it, and rummaged with the contents before they were arrested Israeli occupation forces arrested three Palestinians from Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.
Security sources reported that Israeli forces raided the village, broke into several houses, searched them and rummaged with the contents, before arresting Mohammad Ziyad Takatka, 28, Mohammad Yousef Takatka, 21, Ahmad Abdul Rahman Takatka, 27, and Iyad Mohammad Takatka, 30.
Israeli forces also arrested five others from Tubas Governorate, raided several houses, searched them and rummaged with the contents.