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If I want to search in something like a container, a chest, or something like that, what is the best verb or word to say that ? Thanks !

  • If you are looking for something in there then the most common verb is to look: “I can’t find my gloves.”Did you look in that chest over there?’ – Jim May 24 '15 at 1:35
  • And for example if I want to say something like There is nothing to look in in this room, is this sentence right ? – tektiv May 24 '15 at 1:37
  • Yes. That’s fine. – Jim May 24 '15 at 1:40
  • If it will likely take a while for you to find what you're looking for in a container/drawers, I'd use the word "dig". Similiar to how it takes a long time to dig for gold/treasure/etc. "I will need to dig through my desk drawers to find that file." – CRABOLO May 24 '15 at 13:23
  • Also, you can just say "search the chest" without the "in". For example, "There are no containers in this room to search." – ColleenV May 24 '15 at 14:50
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A common verb for this is to Rummage.

Rummaging is the act of looking through the contents of a container full of stuff, trying to find something that you know should be in there somewhere. It implies a fairly unsystematic form of search.

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  • This seems to be exactly what I needed, thank you ! – tektiv Mar 13 '16 at 11:25

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