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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Dutch
Origin: schrabbelen 'to scratch'

scrabble

verb
     
scrab‧ble [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to try to find or do something very quickly, usually by moving your hands or feet in an uncontrolled way
scrabble for
He scrabbled for the light switch.
scrabble around/about
She was scrabbling around, searching for the door.

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