- 1Seek 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 securityMore example sentences
- Like the queen, he doesn't carry cash, so the billionaire has to scrounge cab fare from colleagues.
- She expresses her desire to send him as much money as she can scrounge up.
- As a reviewer I don't get sent everything I ask for and so I scrounge quite a bit - but only for the films I really, really want.
- 1.1 (often scrounge something up) North American Search for or obtain by searching.More example sentences
- ‘Yes, I was hoping you would scrounge something up for me,’ Anya grinned.
- As far as I know, the Sidearms were usually issued too officers, but enlisted men were able to scrounge them up easily enough.
- He scrounged them up in the Municipal Archives on Chambers Street in Manhattan, the address of which he has committed to memory.
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- An act of scrounging: we went for a scroungeMore example sentences
- I will have a scrounge around today and see if I can find any more.
- I can have a scrounge around for you as I'm not going to bed but don't have anything really important to do at the moment.
- How can the mother get tax credits if she pays no tax as she's not working... that is a good scrounge.
on the scrounge
- British Engaged in scrounging: she’s always on the scroungeMore example sentences
- So on the scrounge for tickets and a trip to Cardiff now!
- Just had an invite to the press conference on Monday and I'm on the scrounge for questions.
- I'd rather give my money to help Iranian democrats than bloggers on the scrounge wouldn't you?
early 20th century: variant of dialect scrunge 'steal'.