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English definition of “scrabble”

scrabble

verb [I + adv/prep]     /ˈskræb.l̩/
to use your fingers to quickly find something that you cannot see : He was scrabbling about in the sand searching for the ring .SearchingMoving quickly 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 .Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy 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.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active
(Definition of scrabble verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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