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"scrabble" in British English

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scrabbleverb [I + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ˈskræb.l̩/
to use ​yourfingers to ​quicklyfind something that you cannot ​see: He was scrabbling in the ​sandsearching for the ​ring. to ​try to get something ​quickly that is not ​easilyavailable: The ​government is scrabbling around for ​ways to ​raiserevenue without putting up ​taxes. informal to ​climbquickly and without ​care: Paul scrabbled up the ​cliff, ​dislodging several ​smallstones. We were scrabbling over the ​rocks as ​fast as we could.

Scrabblenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈskræb.l̩/ trademark
a ​gameplayed on a ​boardcovered in ​squares in which ​playerswinpoints by ​creating words from ​letters with different ​values and ​connecting these words with ​ones already on the ​board
(Definition of scrabble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scrabbleverb [I]

 us   /ˈskræb·əl/
to move ​yourhands or ​fingersquickly to ​find and ​pick up something, esp. something that you cannot ​see: She scrabbled around in her ​bag, ​trying to ​find her ​keys.
(Definition of scrabble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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