fossicker

fossick

[fos-ik] Australian.
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:
1850–55; compare dial. fossick troublesome person, fussick to bustle about, apparently fuss + -ick, variant of -ock

fossicker, noun
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fossick (ˈfɒsɪk)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc
2.  to rummage or search for (something)
 
[C19: Australian, probably from English dialect fussock to bustle about, from fuss]
 
'fossicker
 
n

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