from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.
- intransitive v. To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit.
- transitive v. To search for by or as if by rummaging.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To ferret out; to elicit information.
- v. To search for gold, gems, etc., on the surface or in abandonded workings.
- v. To search for something; to rummage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To search for gold by picking at stone or earth or among roots in isolated spots, picking over abandoned workings, etc.; hence, to steal gold or auriferous matter from another's claim.
- intransitive v. To search about; to rummage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be troublesome.
- In gold-digging, to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing-places, etc.; hence, to search for any object by which to make gain: as, to fossick for clients.
- n. A troublesome person.
So I decided to go down and "fossick" among the Blyde River terraces.
Cobden said that a feature of the applicant's case was to "fossick" around various documents and attempt to "stitch" them together to create a "mindset where iiNet encouraged infringement" on its network.
But the pressures of Dressember have encouraged me to go for a bit of a fossick and recover some survivors from beneath the rubble.
General opinion now seems to be that it entered the language too early for that -- and an English etymology is preferred: fiver: a five pound (sterling) note (or "bill"); fossick: pick out gold, in a fairly desultory fashion.
His anger floats over me as I fossick inside, Wednesday gloves black with grime.
Here's Ian Forth, who I can't help but notice seems to be emailing from his wife's account, with a Smyth-esque piece of statgazzary: Had a quick fossick through statsguru today.
It's squirmy, but gives him the perfect opportunity to fossick into the medical-related matters that brought his brother down.
I just fossick around reading whatever interests me.
This is, admittedly, not Ackroyd's field; he much prefers to fossick around with ecclesiastical architecture and cross-dressing at early-medieval festivals.
Anne was forced to fossick through the pages of information for the odd trace of gold, though when she found a gleam, she had to admit that she could not be sure it wasn't mere pyrite instead.
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