mavisol (mavisol) wrote in linguaphiles,
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to rifle

An artist's letter (Sickert). "“I confess also to a desire to do a little propaganda by sending the younger painters to rifle the English sources of inspiration,” he wrote, arguing for interest in and study of the academic art of the previous century. What does the word "rifle" mean in the context? To scour? It seems to me the application of the word is a bit unusual or am I mistaken here?
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