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fossick

[fos-ik] /ˈfɒs ɪk/
verb (used without object)
1.
Mining. to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing places, etc.
2.
to search for any object by which to make gain:
to fossick for clients.
verb (used with object)
3.
to hunt; seek; ferret out.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; compare dial. fossick troublesome person, fussick to bustle about, apparently fuss + -ick, variant of -ock
Related forms
fossicker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fossick

fossick

/ˈfɒsɪk/
verb (Austral & NZ)
1.
(intransitive) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc
2.
to rummage or search for (something)
Derived Forms
fossicker, noun
Word Origin
C19: Australian, probably from English dialect fussock to bustle about, from fuss
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