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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The judge observed Mrs Davies must have been "deeply unsettled" when she heard the defendant rummaging around her house and noted she was left "deeply distressed".
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We gathered more than 50 huge bags of rubbish - and while rummaging around in the bushes, we had more than a few laughs.
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