Definition of scrounge in English:


Syllabification: scrounge
Pronunciation: /skrounj


[with object]
  • 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
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    • 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.


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  • An act of scrounging.
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    • 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.


early 20th century: variant of dialect scrunge 'steal'.

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