a jumble of things to be given away
a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion)
"he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"
"We rummaged through the drawers"
a thorough search, usually resulting in a disorder
an unorganized collection of miscellaneous objects; a jumble
to arrange (cargo, goods, etc.) in the hold of a ship; to move or rearrange such goods.
to search a vessel for smuggled goods.
After the long voyage, the customs officers rummaged the ship.
to search something which contains many items hastily by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
She rummaged her purse in search for the keys.
to search something thoroughly and with disregard for the way in which things were arranged
The burglars rummaged the entire house for cash and jewellery.
to hastily search for something in a confined space and among many items by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
She rummaged in the drawers trying to find the missing sock.
Origin: arrumage (confer French arrimage), from arrumera (confer French arrimer). Confer Spanish arrumar.
a place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about of packages incident to close stowage; -- formerly written romage
a searching carefully by looking into every corner, and by turning things over
to make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; -- formerly written roomage, and romage
to search or examine thoroughly by looking into every corner, and turning over or removing goods or other things; to examine, as a book, carefully, turning over leaf after leaf
to search a place narrowly
Origin: [For roomage, fr. room; hence originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See Room.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rum′āj, v.t. to turn things over in search: to clear a ship's hold of goods: to pack: to stow closely: to ransack: to explore: to bring to light: to stir.—v.i. to make a search.—n. a careful search: an upheaval.—n. Rumm′ager.—Rummage sale, a sale of unclaimed goods. [Room-age.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The search by custom-house officers for smuggled goods.
The numerical value of rummage in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of rummage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of rummage in a Sentence
Carole Scofield told the news station Carole Scofield thinks this is the second time this same bear has broken into their home looking for food. The first time it broke down their front door. In total, the couple said they have had trouble with bears on six different occasions during the 20 years they’ve lived in South Lake Tahoe. Lesa Johnston, with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told KOLO8 that bears normally rummage through trash cans in search of food, but they're also known to look elsewhere. At some point in the bears' life, they gain some type of food reward by breaking in a cabin or a home, so they remember that, so the behavior is likely to be repeated, Lesa Johnston said. We are very lucky, both major break-ins, we were very lucky. I know a lot of people have not been. It has been very, very costly.
If I want to buy a new house then I can go around and I can check to see whether there is damp patches around or whether the current owners have painted over and tried to hide any issues with leaks or damp patches, so that's another great example, also silly things like I'm going into the bakers and getting the freshest bread, you can point the phone up and identify where the freshest bread is. Or I let my dog out in the evening and it's pitch black, so now I can find my dog without having to chase around and rummage in bushes.
Civil liberties and privacy still matters in America. No party in any Congress should have the authority to rummage around in your tax returns purely for political reasons and if they can do that to The President, what stops them from doing that to any political enemy.
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- durchwühlen, wühlen, stöbernGerman
- زیر و رو کردنPersian
- penkoa, myllätäFinnish
- armeggiare, frugare, rivoltare, rovistare, scuriosare, buttare all'aria, spulciareItalian
- 引っ掻き回す, 漁るJapanese
- gjennomsøke, endevende, grovsøkeNorwegian
- esgravatar, revolver, fuçar, vasculharPortuguese
- копаться, рыться, обыскивать, обшариватьRussian
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