Rummage (through?), Sift(through?)


Senior Member
India- Malyalam
search unsystematically and untidily through something.
"he rummaged in his pocket for a handkerchief"

examine (something) thoroughly so as to isolate that which is most important.
"until we sift the evidence ourselves, we can't comment objectively"

But if I use through in those examples, will it be correct?

• He rummaged through his pocket for a handkerchief

• Until we sift through the evidence ourselves, we can't comment objectively
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I saw someone rummaging through their pocket a couple of hours ago. I was buying a sandwich at a place and a woman had misplaced her keys. She was rummaging through the oversize pocket on her jacket (which was filled with lots of other stuff) looking for them. (She didn't find them.) So, I can definitely picture it.:)
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