Definition of scramble noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskræmbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskræmbl//
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    difficult walk/climb
  1. 1[singular] a difficult walk or climb over rough ground, especially one in which you have to use your hands A scramble over the rocks takes you to the most perfect of beaches.
  2. push/fight
  3. 2[singular] scramble (for something) a situation in which people push, fight or compete with each other in order to get or do something synonym free-for-all There was a mad scramble for the best seats. When the manager retired, there was a scramble for his job.
  4. motorcycle race
  5. 3[countable] a race for motorcycles over rough ground
  6. Word Originlate 16th cent.: imitative; compare with the dialect words scamble ‘stumble’ and cramble ‘crawl’.Extra examples There was a mad scramble for the exits. an undignified scramble down the slope It was a stiff two-hour walk, followed by a difficult scramble over slimy rock faces.
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