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English definition of “rifle”


verb [I or T]     /ˈraɪ.fl̩/
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.StealingSearching
(Definition of rifle verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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