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    a verb for searching the refrigerator

    Hello,

    What is a verb I can use which means to search the refrigerator?

    I woke up and found her in the kitchen searching the refrigerator.

    What can I use instead of search in the above sentence?

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    #2

    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    rummage
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    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    rummage

    It has a "hurried" connotation. I don't need to mean it was hurried.

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    #4

    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    It has a "hurried" connotation. I don't need to mean it was hurried.
    It doesn't imply hurried. I'd use a preposition with it: rummaged around, rummaged through.

    There are also:

    - browsed around
    - poked around
    - perused
    - raided
    - rifled (That is hurried!)
    - ransacked (Ditto.)
    - investigated (Very unhurried.)
    - inventoried (Very, very unhurried.)
    - plundered (Violent.)
    - pillaged (Rapacious.)

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    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 30-Jul-2020 at 15:45.
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    #5

    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    A modern verb for this is scanned.
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    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It doesn't imply hurried. I'd use a preposition with it: rummaged around, rummaged through.

    There are also:

    - browsed around
    - poked around
    - perused
    - raided
    - rifled (That is hurried!)
    - ransacked (Ditto.)
    - investigated (Very unhurried.)
    - inventoried (Very, very unhurried.)
    - plundered (Violent.)
    - pillaged (Rapacious.)

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    Thanks a lot! I found rummage through and rummage around in, in this dictionary:

    I heard you rummaging around in the refrigerator.
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dict...age#learn-more

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    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    . . . I woke up and found her in the kitchen searching the refrigerator. . . .
    Coincidentally, I wrote a song about that once:

    "Midnight Snack"
    copyright Leon Fullerton

    I woke up at midnight to an empty bed.
    Where was my baby? My heart was full of dread.
    I heard a thump from down the hall. Could it be a burglary?
    A light shone from the kitchen. I tiptoed down to see.

    That's when I caught my baby fooling around behind my back.
    That's when I caught my baby having a midnight snack.

    Her head was stuck in the fridge, like a botched-up suicide,
    a stack of Tupperware containers tottered by her side.
    She was excavating coldcuts from the back of the bottom rack.
    I said, "Babe, you'll catch your death in there! Come on back to the sack!

    The night I caught my baby sneaking around behind my back.
    The night I caught my baby having a midnight snack.

    She had a Ring-Ding in her fist, she had a drumstick in her mouth,
    she had a strange light in her eye, like her mind had traveled south.
    It was a case of midnight munchies, the worst I ever saw.
    Should I run to get a doctor? Should I notify the law?

    The night I caught my baby slipping around behind my back.
    The night I caught my baby having a midnight snack.

    She finally got it all to the table. It took her seven trips.
    Then she dealt herself a Dagwood that would defy a gator's lips.
    When she finally got down to it, I saw how it would be.
    If you can't lick 'em, join 'em: "Honey, make some room for me!"

    The night I caught my baby messing around behind my back.
    The night I caught my baby having a midnight snack.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 30-Jul-2020 at 17:31.
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    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Thanks a lot! I found rummage through and rummage around in, in this dictionary ….
    Please repost the above with correct punctuation.
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    Re: a verb for searching the refrigerator

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Please repost the above with correct punctuation.
    Thanks a lot! I found "rummage through" and "rummage around" in dictionary.
    I heard you rummaging around in the refrigerator.

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