from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered with sparse vegetation; scrubby: "We can stand . . . and look out toward the scrabbled, snow-covered mountains in the west” ( Russell Banks).

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of scrabble.


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  • About a year ago, they did work on rats with an antibody called l-1, and the rats kind of scrabbled around.

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  • Never did duster flap more briskly than the one Rose used that day, and never was a room "scrabbled" to rights in such haste as hers.

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  • The cries of boys and gods mingled as Steve and his friend scrabbled away and fled back down the hill.


  • Plucky researchers had scrabbled to find a Traveller wedding to juxtapose with Kate and William's.

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  • Maybe shrews have scrabbled its narrowed neck and birds pecked its silver lid, hoping for the tender fruits inside.

    A bottle of raspberries

  • Eir and Garm struggled to stay upright as the ice cave shook, and Big Snaff and Big Zojja scrabbled to keep from falling into the chasm.

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  • Hands shaking, breath whistling in and out of her throat in half-sobs, she scrabbled frantically in the bathroom drawers.


  • His mind scrabbled for a reason why she would be in New Orleans instead of at her desk in FBI headquarters in D.C. She was years and many pay grades away from field work.

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  • My thoughts scrabbled fretfully over one another or else they dripped so slowly there seemed large blank spaces between them, and I would stare at whatever was in front of me, as though life were a dull slide show.

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  • He scrabbled frantically at the stucco wall with fingernails and feet to find a purchase.

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