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rifle

noun [C] uk   /ˈraɪ.fl̩/ us  
a type of gun with a long barrel (= part shaped like a tube), fired from the shoulder and designed to be accurate at long distances

rifle

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈraɪ.fl̩/ us  
to search quickly through something, often in order to steal something: The safe had been rifled and the diamonds were gone. He rifled through the papers on the desk, but couldn't find the photographs.
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