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Definition of scrabble verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive] scrabble (around) (for something) + adv./prep.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrabble
he / she / it scrabbles
past simple scrabbled
-ing form scrabbling
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to try to find or to do something in a hurry or with difficulty, often by moving your hands or feet around quickly, without much control She scrabbled around in her bag for her glasses. He was scrabbling for a foothold on the steep slope. a sound like rats scrabbling on the other side of the wall In his panic, he began scrabbling at the lock. The kids scrabbled up the slope.
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