When you look through your messy closet to find a shirt, this is an example of a situation where you rummage through your closet.
After the long voyage, the customs officers rummaged the ship.
She rummaged her purse in search of the keys.
The burglars rummaged the entire house for cash and jewellery.
She rummaged in the drawers trying to find the missing sock.
Origin of rummage
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French arrumage (confer French arrimage), from arrumer (“to arrange the cargo in the hold") (confer French arrimer and Spanish arrumar).