riffle vs rifle : Common Errors in English

About riffle vs rifle

To rifle something is to steal it. The word also originally had the sense of “to search thoroughly,” often with intent to steal. But if you are casually flipping through some papers, you riffle through them.

riffle Meaning(s)

  • (n) a small wave on the surface of a liquid
  • (n) shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners
  • (v) twitch or flutter
  • (v) look through a book or other written material
  • (v) stir up (water) so as to form ripples
  • (v) shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix

rifle Meaning(s)

  • (n) a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore
  • (v) go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
  • (v) steal goods; take as spoils

riffle in News

  • Class Notes, Military Briefs, Births

    The Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association awarded scholarships to the following: Daniel Boatman, $3,000; Arwa Awan, Anthony Berteaux, Yan Brown, Laurence Cefalu, Tim Mathews, Max Paris, Dean Randall, Sabrina Riffle, Sonia Silkey, Emily Stewart and Sydney Thompson, $1,000; Jenna Hively and Ma
    on June 16, 2013 Source: The Monterey County Herald

rifle in News

  1. ‘Smart Rifle’ Debuts, Lets An Inexperience Shooter Kill You From 1,000 Yards Away

    A new “smart rifle” has debuted, and the precision weapon allows even an inexperienced shooter to kill a target from 1,000 yards away. Killing someone without the training of a sniper doesn’t come cheap with the weapon running a crazy $27,500. According to gun manufacturer Tracking Point, the weapon is a smartgun with a trigger [...] ‘Smart Rifle’ Debuts, Lets An Inexperience Shooter Kill You ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

  2. Car fire shuts down I-70 near Rifle

    I-70 near Rifle has reopened after a car fire was reported at mile marker 90.5.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KJCT 8 Grand Junction

  3. Rifle. TCU Dominates At USA Shooting Championships

    Eight former or current TCU rifle team members competed at the USA National Championships in Fort Benning, Ga. this past weekend. Sarah Beard won two titles, while Sarah Scherer took home one title.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Texas Christian University Athletics

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