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v. fos·sicked, fos·sick·ing, fos·sicks Australian
1. To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.
2. To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit.
To search for by or as if by rummaging.
[English dialectal, to find out, dig up.]
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1. (Mining & Quarrying) (intr) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc
2. to rummage or search for (something)
[C19: Australian, probably from English dialect fussock to bustle about, from fuss]
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Chiefly Australian. v.i.
1. to search for waste gold in relinquished workings.
2. to rummage.v.t.
3. to ferret out.
[1850–55; compare dial. fossick troublesome person]
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Past participle: fossicked
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verb (Austral. & N.Z.) search, hunt, explore, ferret, check, forage, rummage If you fossick around in some specialist music stores, you may be lucky enough to find a copy.
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