scrabble


scrabble
scrabble [{{t}}'skræbəl]
1 intransitive verb
(a) (search)
she was scrabbling in the grass for the keys elle cherchait les clés à tâtons dans l'herbe;
the man was scrabbling for a handhold on the cliff face l'homme cherchait désespérément une prise sur la paroi de la falaise
(b) (scrape) gratter
(c) (scuffle)
to scrabble with sb for sth lutter avec qn pour s'emparer de qch
2 noun
(scramble) there was a wild scrabble for the food les gens se ruèrent sur la nourriture
scrabble about, scrabble around intransitive verb
(grope) fouiller, tâtonner;
I had to scrabble about in the drawer for a bit of string j'ai dû fouiller dans le tiroir pour trouver un bout de ficelle;
she was scrabbling about on all fours looking for her contact lens à quatre pattes, elle cherchait à tâtons son verre de contact;
beggars were scrabbling about in the dirt for coins des mendiants grattaient dans la saleté pour trouver des pièces

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