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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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At a table set up for this purpose, a Latex-gloved official rummages through my underwear with unconcealed distaste.