rummage up


verb (used with object), rummaged, rummaging.
to search thoroughly or actively through (a place, receptacle, etc.), especially by moving around, turning over, or looking through contents.
to find, bring, or fetch by searching (often followed by out or up ).
verb (used without object), rummaged, rummaging.
to search actively, as in a place or receptacle or within oneself: She rummaged in her mind for the forgotten name.
miscellaneous articles; odds and ends.
a rummaging search.

1520–30; aphetic alteration of Middle French arrumage, equivalent to arrum(er) to stow goods in the hold of a ship (< ?) + -age -age

rummager, noun
unrummaged, adjective Unabridged
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rummage (ˈrʌmɪdʒ)
vb (when intr, often foll by through)
1.  to search (through) while looking for something, often causing disorder or confusion
2.  an act of rummaging
3.  a jumble of articles
4.  obsolete confusion or bustle
[C14 (in the sense: to pack a cargo): from Old French arrumage, from arrumer to stow in a ship's hold, probably of Germanic origin]

rummage out or rummage up
(tr) to find by searching vigorously; turn out
rummage up or rummage up

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Word Origin & History

1526, "act of arranging cargo in a ship," aphetic of M.Fr. arrumage "arrangement of cargo," from arrumer "to stow goods in the hold of a ship," from a- "to" + rumer, probably from Gmc. (cf. O.N. rum "compartment in a ship," O.H.G. rum "space," O.E. rum, see room). Meaning "to
search (the hold of a ship) thoroughly" first recorded 1628. Rummage sale (1858) originally was a sale at docks of unclaimed goods.
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