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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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
Now, I'll teach you to rummage my bookshelves: for they ARE mine; all the house belongs to me, or will do in a few years.
The camera clambers about her body and wheels above her head, rummages in the folds of her dress and zooms into her mouth.
Sutherland Lyall rummages through his bulging sack of cyber goodies to bring readers some festive cheer.
The report also rummages through commercial vehicle engines and engine components and environment pressures, which are closely connected.