rummage

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

search for something in a careless or hurried way

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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.

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Synonyms trawl,scour,delve
Antonyms scrupulous,rigorous

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  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.

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