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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of fossick.


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  • He'd fossicked all the way to behind things way at the far corner:

    Holy Crap! Storm!

  • And the longer Blix and co. fossicked around in search of weapons of mass destruction, the more cynical I became about the pretext.

    Boris in Iraq

  • She fossicked in her bag for the plastic folder in which she was keeping her travel documents.

    Kate Morton Ebook Collection

  • When I returned, it was to find that someone else had fossicked it out and carried it away, much to my disgust.

    The Stephanie Meyer phenomenon

  • We fossicked about for a while to see if the man who lived so long by himself in this lonely place had left anything behind him to help us make out what sort he was.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • They, too, fossicked and re-washed, using extravagant quantities of water.

    Australia Felix

  • The gums were full of budgies, skawking and whistling their parodies of songbirds; finches wheeled from branch to branch; two sulphur-crested cockatoos sat with their heads to one side watching her progress with twinkling eyes; willy-wagtails fossicked in the dirt for ants, their absurd rumps bobbing; crows carked eternally and mournfully.

    The Thorn Birds

  • I've fossicked around this continent five thousand miles or more

    Maryborough Miner

  • I've long tommed on the Lachlan and I've fossicked Lambing Flat

    Maryborough Miner

  • After that we fossicked in the manner of prospectors that we are by preference, if not always by trade, eschewing polite society and hunting in the impolite, amusing places where most of the facts have teeth, sharp and ready to snap, but visible.

    The Eye of Zeitoon


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  • Also used in a recent mystery referring to East African birds "...the little sparrows fossicked around in the branches of the shrubbery."

    March 30, 2009