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scramble

verb  /ˈskræm·bəl/ us  

scramble verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to move or climb quickly but with difficulty, often using the hands: She scrambled to safety away from the fighting. [+ to infinitive] fig. Poultry farmers scrambled (= worked hard and fast) to provide water to their flocks as pipes burst in Georgia’s coldest weather this century.

scramble verb (MIX EGGS)

[T] to mix together and cook the transparent and yellow parts of eggs: We had bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast.

scramble verb (CHANGE SIGNAL)

[T] to change a radio or telephone signal while it is being sent so that it cannot be understood without a special device

scramble

noun [U]  /ˈskræm·bəl/ us  

scramble noun [U] (ACT OF HURRYING )

an act of moving or climbing quickly: fig. There was a mad scramble (= many people moving at once) for the best seats in the theater.
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