It took some time to rummage out the muff, for Nursey had tucked it far back on the shelf behind other things.
Let the nonsenseorship invade the secret closets of our personality and rummage out our most cherished suppressed desires.
How different from the mothers that other heroines contrive to rummage out in northern turrets and ruined chapels!
Calkerlate Ill take a look through his pockets, he said; might rummage out something worth havin.
It can't possibly take me very long to go down and rummage out something for your comfort.
1540s, "arrange (cargo) in a ship," from rummage (n.), 1520s, "act of arranging cargo in a ship," a shortening of Middle French arrumage "arrangement of cargo," from arrumer "to stow goods in the hold of a ship," from a- "to" + rumer, probably from Germanic (cf. Old Norse rum "compartment in a ship," Old High German rum "space," Old English rum; see room (n.)). Or else from English room (n.) + -age.
Meaning "to search closely (the hold of a ship), especially by moving things about" first recorded 1610s. Related: Rummaged; rummaging. Rummage sale (1803) originally was a sale at docks of unclaimed goods.