I knew because I rifled through his mail that terrible October morning.
He rifled through the bushes, his hand passing near my face.
The art of warfare had, meanwhile, in many respects, become revolutionized by the introduction of rifled arms.
In about two hours, all the nests of the formicae were rifled.
They then rifled my person, taking away everything that I had, leaving me nothing but my trowsers and shirt.
The plains were laid waste, and the valleys and woods were rifled.
The box was empty when we found it, and we think someone located it before we did, and rifled it.
They pulled trunks from the river, cut the locks and rifled them.
A projectile from a rifled gun in the fleet got to tumbling "end over end" in the air.
With rifled guns a vernier, reading the minutes, is generally added.
1775, "portable firearm having a spirally grooved bore," used earlier of the grooves themselves (1751), noun use of rifled (pistol), 1680s, from verb meaning "to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel); see rifle (v.2).
"to plunder," early 14c. (implied in rifling), from Old French rifler "strip, filch, plunder, peel off (skin or bark), fleece," literally "to graze, scratch" (12c.), probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old English geriflian "to wrinkle," Old High German riffilon "to tear by rubbing," Old Norse rifa "to tear, break"). Related: Rifled; rifling.
"to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel), 1630s, probably from French rifler, from Old French rifler "to scratch or groove" (see rifle (v.1)). Related: Rifled; rifling.