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scrabble (SKRAB-uhl) verb tr., intr.
1. To scratch or scrape, as with claws or hands.
The act of scratching, scraping, struggling, scribbling, climbing, etc. frantically, desperately, or with difficulty.
[From Dutch schrabbelen, from schrabben (to scrape or scratch). Earliest documented use: 1537.]
"The chances are slim to non-existent that enough votes could be scrabbled
together to destroy Prodi's lead of 25,000 seats in the Chamber."
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, and author (1872-1970)