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scrabble

verb [I + adv/prep] uk   /ˈskræb.l̩/ us  
to use your fingers to quickly find something that you cannot see: He was scrabbling about in the sand searching for the ring. to try to get something quickly that is not easily available: The government is scrabbling around for ways to raise revenue without putting up taxes. informal to climb quickly and without care: Paul scrabbled up the cliff, dislodging several small stones. We were scrabbling over the rocks as fast as we could.
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