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    Smile rifling through

    "Now, which one is it...." Mrs O'Neill muttered, rifling through the pile of old magazines that she was now balancing on top of her wheelie bin.
    "Ah, no, this one's HOW TO MAKE A MACRAME OWL...."


    I've consulted my dictionary, but I didn't find rifling has the meaning of rummaging, which works in this context, my wild guess, right?

    Second, is it proper to replace balancing here with putting equally or impartially?

    Thanks.

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    Re: rifling through

    From Allwords.com Definition of rifling

    rifle (verb) rifled, rifling

    tr & intr
    1. To search through (eg a house, safe, etc) thoroughly, usually in order to steal something from it.

    Thesaurus: rob, ransack, plunder, rummage through, sack, loot, maraud, pillage.

    Etymology: 14c: from French rifler to plunder

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    Also from Allwords.com

    balance (verb), a state of physical stability in which the weight of a body is evenly distributed.

    Note, 'putting equally', 'impartially' don't work in that context.


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    Re: rifling through

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    From Allwords.com Definition of rifling

    rifle (verb) rifled, rifling

    tr & intr
    1. To search through (eg a house, safe, etc) thoroughly, usually in order to steal something from it.

    Thesaurus: rob, ransack, plunder, rummage through, sack, loot, maraud, pillage.

    Etymology: 14c: from French rifler to plunder

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    Also from Allwords.com

    balance (verb), a state of physical stability in which the weight of a body is evenly distributed.

    Note, 'putting equally', 'impartially' don't work in that context.
    Thanks, Casiopea, for the whole clear picture.

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    Re: rifling through

    You're welcome.

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