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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.
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The cub was rummaging through trash on Friday, June 27, 2014, when it got stuck.
Rummaging through a cardboard box, Emma's mom, Gretel Zapata, came across a couple of tiny red dog harnesses.
After rummaging through the items being stored in an industrial unit in Canton, they found nothing they wanted - so set it on fire.
Tired of rummaging through your pockets just to answer your cell phone?
Just recently, at a Malibu supermarket, the busty blonde spent ages rummaging through her handbag for some bargain coupons to get money off her latest shop.
She ignores the canonical hours and her Spiritual Father because she is too busy rummaging for food to feed the poor from her soup kitchen.
When she awoke on the morning of July 8, she heard someone rummaging through her house.
But Dad wanted to search for specific documents that could not be obtained from a distance, so we went rummaging through public archives and church libraries in several cities from Hamburg to the Danish border.
Endless Theatre Project" steers well clear of a bombastic finale, and Kiaer's backstage rummaging unearths some useful props.
Sir Timothy Clifford, director of the National Galleries of Scotland, went rummaging in the back rooms of a Manhattan museum and discovered a Michelangelo drawing worth pounds 6million.
He'd otherwise been known for attending Mass all day, and rummaging through garbage.
Behaviors common to these residents, such as wandering, rummaging, combativeness, verbal aggression and refusal of ADL assistance, were now magnified because they were together in one unit.
The bulk of the missing Oscars were found on Sunday night by a man rummaging through the bin in the Koreatown area of the city.
is rummaging through his own magic bag for some Southern (gay) pride to shove in his infamous cousin's face.
Tharp must have gone rummaging for bits of used ballet and Americana, since the first half of the program consisted of her doodlings with several secondhand images--plus commentary.