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scroungeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /skraʊndʒ/ informal
to get things, ​especiallymoney or ​food, by ​asking for them ​instead of ​buying them or ​working for them: Peter never ​buys anything - he just scrounges (off his ​friends).
scrounger
noun [C] uk   /ˈskraʊn.dʒər/  us   /-dʒɚ/ disapproving
He ​thinks that ​people who ​receivewelfarebenefits are scroungers.
Phrasal verbs

scroungenoun

uk   us   /skraʊndʒ/ UK disapproving or humorous
on the scrounge Someone who is on the scrounge is ​askingpeople for things or for ​money.
(Definition of scrounge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scroungeverb [I/T]

 us   /skrɑʊndʒ/ infml
to get something by ​asking for it ​instead of ​buying it or ​working for it, or to ​gather something you ​want or need from what is ​available: [T] Baxter scrounged ​furniture and ​equipment from ​localbusinesses. [I] A ​blackcat scrounged through ​piles of ​litter.
(Definition of scrounge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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