Every evening is spent in cleaning guns, rummaging for unprepossessing treasures of shooting and fishing equipment.
They dropped and died on the dust-heaps they had been rummaging for offal.
And immediately the man turned back to the desk to renew his rummaging--in search of a key to fit the case, she guessed.
Henry went back to the States, but I've been rummaging around in the tropics ever since.
All this time he was rummaging in the drawer of an old-fashioned bureau, and now he turned round, with a bundle of yellow MSS.
After rummaging in a drawer I pulled out and unrolled a map of England.
Once while rummaging amongst my mother's treasures I had come across a miniature of Signor Toritti.
Anne, rummaging in the drawer of her desk, produced a small and shabby pocketbook.
rummaging in his breast pocket with his free hand, he brought out a yellow message form.
Confound you, have you been rummaging round among my clothes, then?
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.