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A.Word.A.Day--scrabble

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scrabble (SKRAB-uhl) verb tr., intr.

1. To scratch or scrape, as with claws or hands.
2. To struggle to obtain something not easily available.
3. To climb over something hastily or clumsily.
4. To scribble.

noun

The act of scratching, scraping, struggling, scribbling, climbing, etc. frantically, desperately, or with difficulty.

[From Dutch schrabbelen, from schrabben (to scrape or scratch).]

"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."
Michael Braun; You Thought You Had Got Rid of Me?; Spiegel (Hamburg, Germany); Apr 13, 2006.

See more usage examples of scrabble in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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