scrabble - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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present tense
present participlescrabbling
past tensescrabbled
past participlescrabbled
  1. to make a lot of small quick movements with your fingers, especially when you are trying to find something that you cannot see
    scrabble at:

    We scrabbled at the moist earth with our fingers.

    scrabble for:

    She scrabbled feverishly for her keys in the long grass.

    1. a.
      if an animal scrabbles, it moves its feet quickly against a surface

      The dog scrabbled at the door, trying to get out.

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