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rummage rummaging
search for something in a careless or hurried way
  • How to Memorize
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  • Analysis

    A ‘rummage’ involves trying to find something by moving things around and looking under, into, and behind them. It can be quite thorough, but not in a meticulous or organized way. In fact, it is characterized by an undirected or haphazard search that often leaves a mess behind.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymstrawl, scour, delve,
    Antonymsmeticulousscrupulous, rigorous,
  • Example(s)
    1. I’m sure I have that file put away somewhere. I’ll rummage through the filing cabinet and see if I can locate it.

    2. There’s no point rummaging about in the kitchen. I definitely didn’t leave the car keys there.

    3. Have a rummage in the refrigerator. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something to eat.