Meaning of “scrabble” in the English Dictionary

"scrabble" in British English

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scrabbleverb [ I + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈskræb.əl/ us /ˈskræb.əl/

to use your fingers to quickly find something that you cannot see:

He was scrabbling 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.

Scrabblenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈskræb.əl/ us /ˈskræb.əl/ trademark

(Definition of “scrabble” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scrabble" in American English

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scrabbleverb [ I ]

us /ˈskræb·əl/

to move your hands or fingers quickly 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)