Not found in OED
Posted by R. Berg on November 17, 2001
In Reply to: Brivetting posted by ESC on November 16, 2001
: : When I was younger, I would often look in the odds and sods
drawer in kitchen. My mother would tell me off and say, "stop brivetting
boy!!". Has anyone else heard this saying or seen the word used
: : I am originally from Tetbury,Glos,U.K.
: I've looked in a couple of British expression books but haven't found it. It sounds like the equivalent of "rooting around" in the U.S.
The Oxford English Dictionary (1st ed.) doesn't have "brivet."