scramble ( scrambles plural & 3rd person present) ( scrambling present participle) ( scrambled past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you scramble over rocks or up a hill, you move quickly over them or up it using your hands to help you.
Tourists were scrambling over the rocks looking for the perfect camera angle... V prep/adv
2 verb If you scramble to a different place or position, you move there in a hurried, awkward way.
Ann threw back the covers and scrambled out of bed... V prep/adv
3 verb If a number of people scramblefor something, they compete energetically with each other for it.
More than three million fans are expected to scramble for tickets... V for n
Business is booming and foreigners are scrambling to invest. V to-inf
Scramble is also a noun., n-count usu sing, oft N for n, N to-inf
...a scramble to get a seat on the early morning flight.
4 verb If you scramble eggs, you break them, mix them together and then heat and stir the mixture in a pan.
Make the toast and scramble the eggs. V n
scrambled adj usu ADJ n
...scrambled eggs and bacon.
5 verb If a device scrambles a radio or telephone message, it interferes with the sound so that the message can only be understood by someone with special equipment.
The latest machines scramble the messages so that the conversation cannot easily be intercepted. V n
Traducción diccionario Collins Inglés Cobuild
1 clamber, climb, crawl, move with difficulty, push, scrabble, struggle, swarm
2 contend, hasten, jockey for position, jostle, look lively or snappy (informal) make haste, push, run, rush, strive, vie
4 commotion, competition, confusion, free-for-all (informal) hassle (informal) hustle, melee or mêlée, muddle, race, rat race, rush, struggle, tussle
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