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English definition of “scrabble”

scrabble

verb [I + adv/prep] uk   /ˈskræb.l̩/ us  
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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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