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  • adj. sparsely covered with stunted trees or vegetation and underbrush


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  • I shudder to think how much money has been wasted trying to grow grass on those poor scrabbly squares of dirt.

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  • Every bit of land is tilled and farmed, even the scrabbly, rocky hillsides and the narrow strips of grass along the highway.

    North Korea food shortage worst in years, despite farms

  • And in our two-hour drive from the airport, he was amazed by the scrabbly red Southwestern landscape, so different from the green and trees we had at home in Brooklyn; he asked me the name of every piece of brush he could see.

    Falling Apart in One Piece

  • BERTINELLI: Well, yeah because it was on the road and we were listening in the dressing room and I could hear Ed talking and if you ` ve ever met my husband or ex-husband, he has a scrabbly voice, and it sounds like he ` s in the mafia.

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  • Around the huts are scrabbly vegetable gardens, and patches of corn fields, most of them picked clean.

    Living on Pennies

  • The group plays gritty, scrabbly free improv of the kind popular throughout European post-jazz circles in the 70s, all scrapes and rattles and occasional mournful tones from Jean's flute, his signature instrument but one he mostly leaves aside here in favor of various bowed instruments.

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  • A hideous screech lifted the hair on her neck, and something sprinted along the scrabbly rock, its crashing footfalls lingering in the stillness.

    Genellan- Planetfall

  • His eyes were black as midnight; a red scar started high on his cheekbone and slashed through a scrabbly thatch of dark beard.

    Magnolia Moon

  • His desire for a larger life than that of the tiny, scrabbly mountain farm had been early excited; it had persisted; it had increased steadily, though the possibility of its realization had seemed remote.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge

  • Team Canada captain Ryan Ellis put Canada in front 2-1 at 10:35 in the second period with a goal that typified a scrabbly second period, scoring off a wide slapshot from the blue line that bounced in off Bobov's skate as he back into the net. - Home Page


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