I knew because I rifled through his mail that terrible October morning.
He rifled through the bushes, his hand passing near my face.
The art of warfare had, meanwhile, in many respects, become revolutionized by the introduction of rifled arms.
He had rifled the pockets of both the dead men, and this was their contents.
They then rifled my person, taking away everything that I had, leaving me nothing but my trowsers and shirt.
I am convinced that these marks were left by the man who rifled the papers.
The box was empty when we found it, and we think someone located it before we did, and rifled it.
Then they searched us and rifled us of any things we had in our pockets.
A projectile from a rifled gun in the fleet got to tumbling "end over end" in the air.
They had been rifled of all they possessed and their clothes were torn and dirty.
1775, "portable firearm having a spirally grooved bore," used earlier of the grooves themselves (1751), noun use of rifled (pistol), 1680s, from verb meaning "to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel); see rifle (v.2).
"to plunder," early 14c. (implied in rifling), from Old French rifler "strip, filch, plunder, peel off (skin or bark), fleece," literally "to graze, scratch" (12c.), probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old English geriflian "to wrinkle," Old High German riffilon "to tear by rubbing," Old Norse rifa "to tear, break"). Related: Rifled; rifling.
"to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel), 1630s, probably from French rifler, from Old French rifler "to scratch or groove" (see rifle (v.1)). Related: Rifled; rifling.