One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Nancy rummaged in her bag for her cigarettes’
search, search through, hunt through, scrabble about in, scrabble around in, root about in, root around in, ferret in, ferret about in, ferret around in, fish about in, fish around in, poke around in, dig in, grub about in, delve in, go through, explore, sift through, rifle through, scour, ransack, turn over
British informal rootle around in
NZ Australian informal fossick through
rare roust around in
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