rummage around in (something)

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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.
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The victim told police he heard a loud noise and found two men carrying a sledge hammer and a pry bar rummaging around in his apartment.
We gathered more than 50 huge bags of rubbish - and while rummaging around in the bushes, we had more than a few laughs.
A DOZY dealer was caught with PS500 worth of cocaine after he was seen repeatedly rummaging around in his underwear.
FOOTAGE of a July 7 attacker calmly rummaging around in his rucksack bomb as commuters walk nearby was played at the inquests into their victims' deaths last night.
Car sneak: Footage of a man seen trying vehicle doors in Damson Wood, Solihull, and rummaging around in a Ford Focus, below.
HERE at Your Life we always end up rummaging around in our handbags for make-up when the idea of an afterwork drink is mentioned.
Imagine that the great-grandson of Thomas Edison was rummaging around in the family attic one day and found notes for inventions never patented or commercialized.
It all started so promisingly, in full slap and evening dress, but tonight a disgruntled Lexi and Debbie are rummaging around in the disgusting contents of a glass-recycling lorry, searching for their missing loot.
WHILE many will be spending their few precious days off at the start of the year rummaging around in the sales others will prefer to take it slow and relax.