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  • Rummage — Rum mage (?; 48), n. [For roomage, fr. room; hence originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See {Room}.] 1. (Naut.) A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummage sale — Rummage Rum mage (?; 48), n. [For roomage, fr. room; hence originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See {Room}.] 1. (Naut.) A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rummage — (v.) 1520s, 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 Germanic (Cf. O.N. rum compartment in a ship, O.H.G. rum space, O.E.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • rummage sale — rummage sales N COUNT A rummage sale is a sale of cheap used goods that is usually held to raise money for charity. [AM] (in BRIT, use jumble sale) …   English dictionary

  • Rummage — Rum mage, v. i. To search a place narrowly. [1913 Webster] I have often rummaged for old books in Little Britain and Duck Lane. Swift. [1913 Webster] [His house] was haunted with a jolly ghost, that . . . . . . rummaged like a rat. Tennyson.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummage — Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 1. (Naut.) To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; formerly written {roomage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rummage — index delve Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rummage sale — n AmE an event at which old clothes, toys etc are sold as a way of getting money, for example to help a school or church British Equivalent: jumble sale …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rummage sale — rummage ,sale noun count AMERICAN a sale of used clothes, toys, books, etc., especially to collect money for a CHARITY (=an organization that helps poor people). British usually jumble sale …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rummage — comb, ransack, search, hunt, *seek, scour, ferret out Analogous words: examine, inspect, *scrutinize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • rummage — [v] ransack, search beat the bushes*, comb, delve, dig out, disarrange, disarray, disorder, disorganize, disrupt, disturb, examine, explore, ferret out, fish, forage, grub, hunt, jumble, leave no stone unturned*, look high and low*, mess up, mix… …   New thesaurus

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