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Seek to obtain (something, typically food or money) at the expense or through the generosity of others or by stealth.‘he had managed to scrounge a free meal’[no object] ‘we didn't scrounge off the social security’
beg, borrowcadge, sponge, bum, touch someone forscabsorn on someone formoochbludgeView synonyms
- ‘As stowaways scrounging for food, they are forced to flee the authorities.’
- ‘The lack of materials meant that teachers must either use lecture and recitation or spend unrealistic amounts of time scrounging for materials and planning creative lessons.’
- ‘As a reviewer I don't get sent everything I ask for and so I scrounge quite a bit - but only for the films I really, really want.’
- ‘Like the queen, he doesn't carry cash, so the billionaire has to scrounge cab fare from colleagues.’
- ‘The cash-strapped firm may have hit on a solution for companies scrounging for the dough to pump up pension funds that were recently flattened by the stock market's slide.’
- ‘I spent 10 years out on the streets, scrounging for food, after you turned her against me!’
- ‘So it's not really scrounging for money anymore.’
- ‘Bears scrounging for human food will be busy at the water-side campsites, and will almost invariably ignore the far-removed and unproductive woods.’
- ‘Yet, here he was, dressed in the dirtiest of clothes, scrounging for money.’
- ‘She expresses her desire to send him as much money as she can scrounge up.’
- ‘This meant that when we weren't shooting, we were scrounging for work.’
- ‘And the crews I sent scrounging for projectiles?’
- ‘Instead of loosing my mind, or scrounging for food, or searching for a soul survivor, I decided to do my laundry instead.’
- ‘You spend your benefit money on drugs and then you come round here scrounging for free food.’
- ‘My grades need to be brought up, and I am scrounging for credits for college.’
- ‘Your father is going to tear up that contract and we're going to be out scrounging for work again.’
[in singular] An act of scrounging.
- ‘I can have a scrounge around for you as I'm not going to bed but don't have anything really important to do at the moment.’
- ‘It was in fact, an official scrounge, all expenses paid.’
- ‘I will have a scrounge around today and see if I can find any more.’
- ‘How can the mother get tax credits if she pays no tax as she's not working... that is a good scrounge.’
Early 20th century: variant of dialect scrunge steal.
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