Translation of "scramble" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈskræm.bəl/ us /ˈskræm.bəl/

scramble verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

C2 [ I usually + adv/prep ] to move or climb quickly but with difficulty, often using your hands to help you

She scrambled up the steep hillside and over the rocks. 她爬上了陡峭的山坡,翻过岩石。
He scrambled into his clothes (= put them on quickly) and raced to get help. 他匆匆套上衣服,跑去请医生。
As the burning plane landed, the terrified passengers scrambled for the door (= tried to reach the door quickly). 起火的飞机降落后,受惊的乘客奋力向舱门口跑去。

[ I ] to compete with other people for something there is very little of

[ + to infinitive ] People are scrambling to buy property before prices rise even further. 人们抢着在进一步涨价之前购买房产。

More examples

scramble verb (MIX)

[ T ] to mix eggs with a little milk and mix again as they are being fried


scramble verb (CHANGE SIGNAL)

[ T ] to change a radio or phone signal so that it can only be understood using a special device


scramble verb (TAKE OFF)

[ I or T ] specialized military to (cause a plane to) take off very quickly

A helicopter was scrambled within minutes of the news. 直升机在接到消息几分钟之后紧急起飞。


uk /ˈskræm.bəl/ us /ˈskræm.bəl/

scramble noun (CLIMBING)

[ S ] a climb that is difficult so that you have to use your hands to help you

It was a real scramble to the top of the hillside. 好不容易才爬到山坡顶上。

scramble noun (QUICK MOVEMENT)

[ S ] an act of hurrying

[ + to infinitive ] As soon as the plane landed there was a mad/wild scramble to get out. 飞机一降落,人们乱作一团,匆匆跑了出去。

[ S ] a hurried attempt to get something

After the death of the dictator there was an unseemly scramble for power among the generals. 独裁者死后,将军们为争夺权力闹翻了天。

scramble noun (SPORT)

[ C ] a motocross event

We're planning a scramble through the forest next weekend. 我们计划下周举行一次穿越森林的摩托车越野赛。

(Translation of “scramble” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)