scramble - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a difficult climb in which you use your feet and hands

    a scramble through mountainous terrain

  2. 2
    a situation in which people all compete for the same thing
    scramble for:

    a scramble each morning for the bathroom

    a scramble to do something:

    They’re destroying valuable land in their scramble to make money.

  3. 3
    a situation in which you have to hurry to do something
    a mad scramble:

    The next two hours were a mad scramble to get to the airport.