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Definition of scrounge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scrounge

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BrE BrE//skraʊndʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skraʊndʒ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrounge
BrE BrE//skraʊndʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skraʊndʒ//
 
he / she / it scrounges
BrE BrE//ˈskraʊndʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskraʊndʒɪz//
 
past simple scrounged
BrE BrE//skraʊndʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skraʊndʒd//
 
past participle scrounged
BrE BrE//skraʊndʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skraʊndʒd//
 
-ing form scrounging
BrE BrE//ˈskraʊndʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskraʊndʒɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] (informal, disapproving) to get something from somebody by asking them for it rather than by paying or working for it synonym cadge scrounge (something) (off/from somebody) He's always scrounging free meals off us. Can I scrounge a cigarette from you? I don’t want to spend the rest of my life scrounging off other people. scrounge (for something) What is she scrounging for this time? Word Origin early 20th cent.: variant of dialect scrunge ‘steal’.Extra examples I managed to scrounge some food off an old lady. street children scrounging for food Can I scrounge a cigarette off you? Hello, I’ve come to scrounge some coffee. I don’t want to spend my life scrounging from other people. They had managed to scrounge a free meal.

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