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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCRABBLED

I tell you, she scrabbled them up pretty quick, and we all helped her.

Sornal came to the end of the tape, then scrabbled about and found the beginning.

Then he knocked a glass off the table, and scrabbled for the fragments.

Coughing and choking on what must be his own blood, he scrabbled at the knife and ripped it out.

She scrabbled among the papers, and held up the elevation of a strange square building to his startled eyes.

Just then there came a sharp stroke and a splash on the window, and something struggled and scrabbled there against the darkness.

Suddenly, he dropped to one knee and scrabbled in the dirt, then scrambled back with something in his hand.

Dragging his rifle with his good hand, he scrabbled down to where he could see through the chinks in the slab door.

Margaret, a pink inarticulate lump, scrabbled in the warm sand under Jessica's care.

He scrabbled on the door of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "to scrawl, scribble," from Dutch schrabbelen, frequentative of schrabben "to scratch," from the same root as scrape (v.). Meaning "to struggle, scramble" first recorded 1630s. Related: Scrabbled; scrabbling.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.