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scramble

verb
 
 
/ˈskræmbl/
scramble down/out/up, etc to move or climb quickly but with difficulty, often using your hands: We scrambled up the hill.Moving quickly
[I] to compete with other people for something which there is very little of: [+ to do sth] New teachers scramble to get jobs in the best schools.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
scramble noun [no plural] There was a mad scramble for places near the front.
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