rummage around for (something)

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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, for, rummage
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``I was rummaging around for change in my bag and I saw the toilet attendant leave her chair and approach us.
``I was looking in the bag, rummaging around for change in the bottom of my bag and I saw the toilet attendant leave her chair and approach us.