One must be careful in riffling through history to draw insights for policy-making going forward: the lessons don't always apply.
He had pulled a deck of cards from his hip pocket, and now was riffling them with pointed interest.
It consists of riffling between the selected cards the proper number of indifferent ones.
You could save a lot of time by taking carbon copies, suggested The Phantom, riffling the sheets lying beside the machine.
1754, "to make choppy water," American English, perhaps a variant of ruffle "make rough." The word meaning "shuffle" (cards) is first recorded 1894, probably echoic; hence that of "skim, leaf through quickly" (of papers, etc.) is from 1922. Related: Riffled; riffling.
A hard swing at the ball; ripple: gives it a really good solid riffle
[1932+ Baseball; probably fr ripple fr rip]
: Give that deck a good riffle
To shuffle playing cards (1894+ Cardplaying)