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English definition of “scramble”

scramble

verb (MOVE QUICKLY)    /ˈskræm.bl̩/
C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to move or climb quickly but with difficulty , often using your hands to help you: She scrambled up the steep hillside and over the rocks . He scrambled into his clothes (= put them on quickly ) and raced to fetch a doctor . As the burning plane landed , the terrified passengers scrambled for the door (= tried to reach the door quickly ).Moving quicklyMoving upwardsMoving on your hands and legs or on your stomach [I] to compete with other people for something there is very little of: [+ to infinitive] People are scrambling to buy property before prices rise even further .Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
(Definition of scramble verb (MOVE QUICKLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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