scramble [{{t}}'skræmbəl]
1 intransitive verb
(a) (move hurriedly or with difficulty)
they scrambled for shelter ils se sont précipités pour se mettre à l'abri;
he scrambled into a diving suit il a enfilé à la hâte une combinaison de plongée;
he scrambled to his feet il s'est levé précipitamment;
to scramble away s'enfuir à toutes jambes;
to scramble down dégringoler;
to scramble up grimper avec difficulté;
she scrambled out of the path of the bus elle a tout juste eu le temps de s'écarter pour ne pas être renversée par le bus;
I had to scramble over three rows of seats j'ai dû escalader trois rangées de sièges;
to scramble over rocks escalader des rochers en s'aidant des mains;
the soldiers scrambled up the hill les soldats ont escaladé la colline tant bien que mal
(b) (scrabble, fight)
to scramble for seats se bousculer pour trouver une place assise, se ruer sur les places assises;
everyone was scrambling to get to the telephones tout le monde se ruait vers les téléphones;
young people are having to scramble for jobs les jeunes doivent se battre ou se démener pour trouver un boulot
(c) {{}}Aviation{{}} & {{}}Military{{}} décoller sur-le-champ
(d) {{}}Sport{{}}
to go scrambling faire du trial
(e) (in rock climbing) grimper à quatre pattes
2 transitive verb
(a) {{}}Radio{{}} & {{}}Telecommunications{{}} (message) brouiller; (encode) crypter
(b) (jumble) mélanger
(c) {{}}Aviation{{}} & {{}}Military{{}} (aircraft) ordonner le décollage immédiat de
(d) {{}}Cookery{{}} (eggs) brouiller;
I'll scramble some eggs je vais faire des œufs brouillés
3 noun
(a) (rush) bousculade f, ruée f;
my glasses were broken in the scramble to get out mes lunettes ont été cassées dans la ruée vers la sortie;
there was a scramble for seats on s'est bousculé pour avoir une place assise, on s'est rué sur les places assises; (for tickets) on s'est arraché les places;
there was a scramble for the door tout le monde s'est rué vers la porte;
a scramble for profits/for jobs une course effrénée au profit/à l'emploi;
{{}}History{{}} the scramble for Africa = la lutte des puissances coloniales pour se répartir l'Afrique
(b) {{}}Sport{{}} (on motorbikes) course f de trial
(c) {{}}Aviation{{}} & {{}}Military{{}} décollage m immédiat
(d) (in rock climbing) grimpée f à quatre pattes
►► scrambled egg(s) (food) œufs mpl brouillés; {{}}familiar{{}} {{}}Military{{}} = insigne d'officier porté sur la casquette ou l'épaulette;
{{}}Marketing{{}} scrambled merchandising, scrambled retailing présentation f d'articles variés

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