Definition of scrounge in English:

scrounge

verb

[with object]informal
  • 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’
    ‘we stopped scrounging for cigarettes’
    no object ‘we didn't scrounge off the social security’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You spend your benefit money on drugs and then you come round here scrounging for free food.’
    • ‘Your father is going to tear up that contract and we're going to be out scrounging for work again.’
    • ‘The cash-strapped firm may have hit on a solution for companies scrounging for the dough to pump up pension funds that were recently flattened by the stock market's slide.’
    • ‘The lack of materials meant that teachers must either use lecture and recitation or spend unrealistic amounts of time scrounging for materials and planning creative lessons.’
    • ‘I spent 10 years out on the streets, scrounging for food, after you turned her against me!’
    • ‘Yet, here he was, dressed in the dirtiest of clothes, scrounging for money.’
    • ‘As stowaways scrounging for food, they are forced to flee the authorities.’
    • ‘My grades need to be brought up, and I am scrounging for credits for college.’
    • ‘Instead of loosing my mind, or scrounging for food, or searching for a soul survivor, I decided to do my laundry instead.’
    • ‘Bears scrounging for human food will be busy at the water-side campsites, and will almost invariably ignore the far-removed and unproductive woods.’
    • ‘So it's not really scrounging for money anymore.’
    • ‘This meant that when we weren't shooting, we were scrounging for work.’
    • ‘And the crews I sent scrounging for projectiles?’
    beg, borrow
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    1. 1.1often scrounge something upNorth American Search for or obtain by searching.
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Thank you so much for scrounging them up for me in the first place.’

noun

informal in singular
  • An act of scrounging.

    ‘we went for a scrounge’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was in fact, an official scrounge, all expenses paid.’

Phrases

    on the scrounge
    British informal
    • Engaged in scrounging.

      ‘she's always on the scrounge’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Or the fact that he had to go on the scrounge because he didn't have a pen in the first place!’
      • ‘Miners also worked over the island itself, digging and turning over much of the land over like Wombats on the scrounge, leaving a battlefield landscape of deeply gouged scars.’
      • ‘The cliches are there, waiting to be embraced - the prissy sister, the loser on the scrounge, the kid who talks about a daddy he has never seen.’
      • ‘The prodigal ex-hippie who returns to an Essex village after blagging his way through eight years on the scrounge is still as charming and feckless as ever.’

Origin

Early 20th century variant of dialect scrunge ‘steal’.

Pronunciation

scrounge

/skraʊn(d)ʒ/