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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 (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
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Abigail Hanford left her vulnerable victim in the bathroom as she rummaged around her house, helping herself to cash and bank cards, then leaving quickly before the real carer arrived.
Our wrinkled fingers rummaged around, to see if coinage could be found.
Edwina, 68, excelled during the Cabin Fever task, where she rummaged around holes filled with nasties and managed to pick up eight out of 10 stars.
Cancer Research UK has asked us to pass on a huge thank you and we can't tell you how proud and delighted we are of everyone who rummaged around in their wardrobes to give away unwanted clothes that they'd slimmed out of.
"The prosecution case is that he reached inside his jacket pocket, rummaged around in a way which scared her as to what he might produce and took hold of a gun which she describes as dark and chunky."
As they rummaged around inside a dark cage, the python sank its teeth into their fingers.
A grandmother standing outside the shop at the time said Bruce walked round and opened the boot of the car, where she rummaged around.
Sasha (2) unlocked my handcuff, rummaged around in a kit-bag until he found a pistol, and indicated that I was to follow him down the muddy footpath.
PORTLAND - South Eugene rummaged around in its tool box for half of its consolation semifinal against Sheldon on Friday morning, looking for a hammer.
"So I rummaged around the house and found my ancient beachcasting rod and multiplier reel.
The ginger-haired singer said Mrs Amogbokpa first punched her fellow band member as she rummaged around in her handbag to get some change She told Kingston Crown Court she ran off to fetch a security guard and as she came back in she saw the toilet attendant hit Tweedy again in the face with a clenched fist.
Born on March 3, 1927 in London, Freeling, whose mother wrote children's books, had often rummaged around in markets, buying dusty second-hand books with the little money he had, his son said.
I rummaged around in what passes for a cellar here and found, zounds!, a 1997 Barrel Select Chardonnay!
He said he rummaged around the shed but didn't take anything.
Families were asleep in their beds while burglars rummaged around in their homes and made away with car keys at addresses across South Shields, South Tyneside.