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Definition of rifle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rifle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪfl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rifle
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪfl//
     
    he / she / it rifles
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪflz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪflz//
     
    past simple rifled
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪfld//
     
    past participle rifled
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪfld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪfld//
     
    -ing form rifling
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪflɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪflɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] rifle (through) something to search quickly through something in order to find or steal something She rifled through her clothes for something suitable to wear. See related entries: Committing crime
  2. 2[transitive] rifle something to steal something from somewhere His wallet had been rifled.
  3. 3[transitive] rifle something + adv./prep. to kick a ball very hard and straight in a game of football (soccer )
  4. Word Originverb senses 1 to 2 Middle English: from Old French rifler ‘graze, plunder’, of Germanic origin. verb sense 3 1940s: from rifle ‘gun’, suggestive of explosive speed; compare with the verb shoot.
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