riffle through

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of riffle through

chiefly British
: to search through something quickly and carelessly often in order to take or steal something
  • He riffled through her purse while she was out of the room.

Word by Word Definitions

riffle play
  1. : to form, flow over, or move in riffles

  2. : to flip cursorily : thumb

  3. : to ruffle slightly : ripple

  1. : a shallow extending across a streambed and causing broken water

  2. : a stretch of water flowing over a riffle

  3. : a small wave or succession of small waves : ripple


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