scramblescram‧ble1 /ˈskræmbəl/ ●●○ verb1climb [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]CLIMB to climb up, down, or over something quickly and with difficulty, especially using your hands to help youscramble up/down/over etcThey tried to scramble up the cliff.She scrambled down the tree as quickly as she could.2move quickly [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move somewhere in a hurriedawkward wayscramble to/out/from etcAlan scrambled out of the way.Micky scrambled to his feet (=stood up very quickly and awkwardly) and hurried into the kitchen.3do something quickly [transitive] to try to do something difficult very quicklyscramble to do somethingThey were scrambling to give the impression that the situation was under control.4compete [intransitive]COMPETE WITH/TRY TO BEAT to struggle or compete with other people to get or reach somethingscramble forThousands of people will be scrambling for tickets.5information/message [transitive]TCTD to use special equipment to mixmessages, radiosignals etc into a different form, so that they cannot be understood by other people without the correct equipmentOur conversation will be electronically scrambled.6mix [transitive] to mix words, ideas, sentences etc so that they are not in the right order and do not make senseThe words in each sentence are scrambled.7 →scramble an egg8 →scramble somebody’s brains9aircraft [intransitive]PM if a militaryplanescrambles, it goes up into the air very quickly in order to escape or to attack an enemy→ See Verb table
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scramble• In this game, the letters of the words are scrambled.• It is an up-to-date form of telephonescrambling.• Errorcorrection is what modems do to compensate when bits get lost or scrambled because the phoneconnection is less than perfect.• Some scramble for the freshly scrubbed MBAs; others want analysts who come from the industry they will cover.• Most of those aboard the Vlorewere quickly rounded up after scrambling or swimming ashore.• We scrambled out of our tentsshouting excitedly, straight into the pools of torchlight coming from the mountainrescue team.• Consciousness of the audience made Michael Banks nervous, and nervousness scrambled the lines in his head even further.• Most cableTV companies began scrambling their signals in the mid-1980s.• Begging five minutes, I scramble to dress and throw the bed together, mind scrabbling to approximatereadiness.• I noticed his look of alarm, and scrambled to my feet and staredforward, also listening intently.scramble up/down/over etc• Pascoe scrambled up and found cover behind the light.• They always thought it was feed time if the light went on and would scramble up expectantly and start pawing and whinnying.• A few combinationsscrambled over only to fall apart on landing.• We scramble over the boulders to inspect the rapid below.• Now she could hear heavy breathing, gasps and a grunt as some one scrambled up the rubble in front of her.• He scrambled up the side of the quarry to his car.• As he was scrambling up the steepest bit, pulling himself up by the bracken, he heard something.• The rustedframework and a wingsectionentice us to scramble up there.scramble to/out/from etc• The brothers toiled and scrambled to build the company, then they toiled and scrambled to keep it alive.• In the past Ryan was always scrambling to find care for her children.• As a result, many businesses are having to scramble to get the overnight letters and packages they need to do business.• He flushed, trying to scramble to his feet again.• In the hushedsilence that followed he scrambled to his feet, his face and neck flushing scarlet.• However, the scramble to keep the peace went on.• Healthcare companies are scrambling topatent the new approach first.scramble to do something• Internetusers are clamoring for more speed, and dozens of companies are scrambling todeliver it to them.• Distillersscrambled todevelop processing techniques that would allow them to carve out their own niches.• In the past Ryan was always scrambling to find care for her children.• Everyone had to scramble tofinish the project on time.• One minute I was a ploughman; the next I was scrambling to get out from under an interrogator's lamp.• Fernando drew away from her and Ruth scrambled to her feet, smoothing the creases from her dress.• He flushed, trying to scramble to his feet again.• Micky scrambled to his feet and hurried out of the room, grabbing his coat as he went.• He scrambled to his feet to join the others.• Officials scrambled for ways to meet the demand.scramble for• There was a scramble for the best seats in the auditorium.• People were scrambling for the seats in the front row.
scramblescramble2 noun1[singular]CLIMB a difficult climb in which you have to use your hands to help youThe village was a 20-minute scramble away.2[singular]COMPETE WITH/TRY TO BEAT a situation in which people compete with and push each other in order to get what they wantscramble forthe usual scramble for the bathroom every morningscramble to do somethinga scramble to carry the baggage into the house3[singular]HURRY a situation in which something has to be done very quickly, with a lot of rushing aroundIt was a mad scramble trying to get things ready in time.4[countable]DSO British English a motorcycle race over rough ground
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scramble• A madscramble followed a Dollar free throw, and Hamilton eventually grabbed the ball on the right wing.• Jane could see the village clearly, although it was a twenty-minute scramble away.• There was a real scramble behind them.• Nor were the crowd to be denied, for they tore the black baizecloth to shreds in their scramble for souvenirs.• More crusts fell from the viciousscrambleoverhead.scramble to do something• There was always a scramble toobtain them after the meeting.• All the while, the taxpayers in the Amphi School Districtscramble to find enough money to buy land for schools.• All that despite the fearfulscramble toBill and Ben's pots at the end of the programme.• Police contend Bagby nearly ran over two officers in a mad scramble to get home.• No suddenspurt, no scramble to get away.• The 6-foot-4,165-poundjuniorquarterbackearned 14 yards each on a pair of scrambles to keep the drive going.• However, the scramble to keep the peace went on.• The scramble toredistributeexistingresources and clients provides the conditions for the development of schemes such as the dutysolicitor.mad scramble• Spursregained the lead in the 51st minute after a mad scramble in the United area before Jason Dozzell slotted home.• Police contend Bagby nearly ran over two officers in a mad scramble to get home.• And whatever happens, after May 3 they're predicting a mad scramble for one-way only tickets.• A mad scramble followed a Dollar free throw, and Hamilton eventually grabbed the ball on the right wing.