rummaging


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rummaging

(rŭm′ă-jĭng) [Middle Fr. arrumer, to store cargo in the hold of a ship]
Searching for lost objects, often in an aimless, repetitive, or fruitless manner. It is a characteristic of some patients affected by dementias and other brain diseases.
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I turned my eyes all over the room, rummaging with them the closets, the chests of drawers, the tables.
Guppy, who has suddenly lowered his voice and become familiar again, "he's an extraordinary old chap--always rummaging among a litter of papers and grubbing away at teaching himself to read and write, without getting on a bit, as it seems to me.
A few years ago, while visiting or, rather, rummaging about Notre-Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure nook of one of the towers, the following word, engraved by hand upon the wall:--
She had found it by accident when she was rummaging among the books in the Vicar's study.
Holmes spent the evening in rummaging among the files of the old daily papers with which one of our lumber-rooms was packed.
She watched her mother, now rummaging in a great brass-bound box which stood by her table, but she did not go to her help.
I asked, and after rummaging, she produced a few with which her boxes had been lined.
But months afterward, rummaging at his home in a closet that is usually kept locked, he discovered the picture, there hidden away.
Joan was rummaging in the store-room, and Sheldon was taking his siesta in a hammock on the veranda.
Fan tossed her the photograph, and went on rummaging for a certain note.
Hairpins," she replied, passing on and rummaging in a clothes-bag on the bunk.
A vast deal of searching and rummaging ensued, and it proving fruitless, Smike was called in, and pushed by Mrs Squeers, and boxed by Mr Squeers; which course of treatment brightening his intellects, enabled him to suggest that possibly Mrs Squeers might have the spoon in her pocket, as indeed turned out to be the case.