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English definition of “rummage”

rummage

verb [I + adv/prep]     /ˈrʌm.ɪdʒ/
to search for something by moving things around carelessly and looking into, under, and behind them: She rummaged in/through all the drawers, looking for a pen.Searching rummage     noun [S] I had a rummage around/about (the house), but I couldn't find my certificate anywhere.Searching
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