seek to obtain (something, typically food or money) at the expense or through the generosity of others or by stealth:he had managed to scrounge a free meal [no object]:we didn’t scrounge off the social security
(often scrounge something up) North American search for or obtain by searching.
an act of scrounging:we went for a scrounge
on the scrounge
British engaged in scrounging:she’s always on the scrounge
early 20th century: variant of dialect scrunge 'steal'
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Definition of scrounge in the US English dictionary