- Mining. to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing places, etc.
- to search for any object by which to make gain: to fossick for clients.
- to hunt; seek; ferret out.
Origin of fossick
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Historical Examples of fossick
- (intr) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc
- to rummage or search for (something)
Word Origin for fossick
C19: Australian, probably from English dialect fussock to bustle about, from fuss
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