root about

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Verb[edit]

root about

  1. (literally of a pig) To forage by poking the snout here and there.
  2. (figuratively) To rummage; to look for something in a somewhat aimless fashion.
    I'm rooting about for ideas for a novel

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Usage notes[edit]

  • As with most phrases containing around and about, root around is more common in US usage and root about more common in the UK.

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