verb (scrounged; scrounging) Etymology: alteration of English dialect scrunge to wander about idly Date: circa 1909 transitive verb 1. steal, swipe 2. a. to get as needed by or as if by foraging, scavenging, or borrowing <
scrounging enough money for a bus ticket
b. finagle, wheedle — often used with up intransitive verb to search about and turn up something needed from whatever source is available; also to actively seek money, work, or sustenance from any available source • scrounger noun

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  • scrounge — scrounge1 [skraundʒ] v [I and T] informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: scrunge to steal (1900 2000)] to get money or something you want by asking other people for it rather than by paying for it yourself scrounge for ▪ a group of children scrounging …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scrounge — UK [skraʊndʒ] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms scrounge : present tense I/you/we/they scrounge he/she/it scrounges present participle scrounging past tense scrounged past participle scrounged informal to get something that you want… …   English dictionary

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  • scrounge — 1 verb (I, T) informal to get money or something you want by asking other people for it rather than by paying for it yourself: scrounge (sth) off/from sb: I managed to scrounge some money off my dad. scrounger noun (C) 2 noun be on the scrounge… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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