fossick

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fos·sick

 (fŏs′ĭk)
v. fos·sicked, fos·sick·ing, fos·sicks Australian
v.intr.
1. To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.
2. To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit.
v.tr.
To search for by or as if by rummaging.

[English dialectal, to find out, dig up.]

fos′sick·er n.

fossick

(ˈfɒsɪk)
vb
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]
ˈfossicker n

fos•sick

(ˈfɒs ɪk)
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]
fos′sick•er, n.

fossick


Past participle: fossicked
Gerund: fossicking

Imperative
fossick
fossick
Present
I fossick
you fossick
he/she/it fossicks
we fossick
you fossick
they fossick
Preterite
I fossicked
you fossicked
he/she/it fossicked
we fossicked
you fossicked
they fossicked
Present Continuous
I am fossicking
you are fossicking
he/she/it is fossicking
we are fossicking
you are fossicking
they are fossicking
Present Perfect
I have fossicked
you have fossicked
he/she/it has fossicked
we have fossicked
you have fossicked
they have fossicked
Past Continuous
I was fossicking
you were fossicking
he/she/it was fossicking
we were fossicking
you were fossicking
they were fossicking
Past Perfect
I had fossicked
you had fossicked
he/she/it had fossicked
we had fossicked
you had fossicked
they had fossicked
Future
I will fossick
you will fossick
he/she/it will fossick
we will fossick
you will fossick
they will fossick
Future Perfect
I will have fossicked
you will have fossicked
he/she/it will have fossicked
we will have fossicked
you will have fossicked
they will have fossicked
Future Continuous
I will be fossicking
you will be fossicking
he/she/it will be fossicking
we will be fossicking
you will be fossicking
they will be fossicking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fossicking
you have been fossicking
he/she/it has been fossicking
we have been fossicking
you have been fossicking
they have been fossicking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fossicking
you will have been fossicking
he/she/it will have been fossicking
we will have been fossicking
you will have been fossicking
they will have been fossicking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fossicking
you had been fossicking
he/she/it had been fossicking
we had been fossicking
you had been fossicking
they had been fossicking
Conditional
I would fossick
you would fossick
he/she/it would fossick
we would fossick
you would fossick
they would fossick
Past Conditional
I would have fossicked
you would have fossicked
he/she/it would have fossicked
we would have fossicked
you would have fossicked
they would have fossicked
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fossick

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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References in periodicals archive ?
General dustily fossicks through "the driest little bones of antiquity, and bolting them without any human visitings--like a Ghoule in gloves" (p.
Jane Richardson, "New Press Fossicks for Gems," Campus Review (Sydney) September 2-8, 1993: 13.
MADRID At home in a pretty condominium outside Madrid that breathes an almost lunar calm, Sogecable general manager Ele Juarez, fossicks about his basement in search of a bottle of 22-year-old Rioja.