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kick bollocks scramble

A wild, chaotic, or panicked situation, especially among or involving many people simultaneously. Primarily heard in UK. With funding from local councils spread so thin these days, it's always a kick bollocks scramble in December for charities to meet their yearly quota with donations. The whole pub descended into a kick bollocks scramble after one bloke threw a punch at another.
See also: bollock, kick, scramble

scramble for (something)

1. To attempt to reach something or some place in a jostling, tumultuous hurry or panic. Shoppers flooded the shop during its huge sale, scrambling for anything they could get their hands on. Everyone scrambled for the exits when the fire alarm went off.
2. To attempt to achieve, acquire, or secure something in a great rush or panic. After the huge success of the innovative new product, tons of other companies have been scrambling for their own version. We were left scrambling for a new general manager after Tom resigned very suddenly.
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scrambled eggs

slang A braid of gold leaf-shaped embroidery found as an embellishment on the brims or visors of the peaked caps of military officers. We could tell by the scrambled eggs on her hat that she was a high-ranking officer. Hs's only a lieutenant commander in the navy, so he doesn't have any scrambled eggs on his cap yet.
See also: egg, scramble

scramble for someone or something

to push and struggle to get to someone or something. All the teenagers scrambled for the rock star but couldn't catch him. The children scrambled for the candy as it fell from the pinata.
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scrambled eggs

n. rank insignia on a military officer’s uniform. I know his rank is high because of the “scrambled eggs,” but I don’t know how high.
See also: egg, scramble
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Scrambling these numbers produces a new, different waveform, which can then be sent as an encrypted message.
Everybody is scrambling and looking for more space,'' he said.
The scrambling ability and toughness turn game-planning a defense for him into a scary proposition.
Local HMOs are still scrambling to reassign thousands of patients and hundreds of physicians displaced last week by the bankruptcy of FPA Medical Management Inc.
But Syracuse came back with 12 points in the final 1:49 of the first half and still trailed only 21-15 before Bishop, scrambling from Syracuse defenders, lofted a pass down the right sideline to McDonald, who streaked another 40 yards into the end zone.
2, and, after scrambling to save par twice in their first six holes, Lietzke and McCarron heated up to birdie 10 of their last 12.
The problem is caused by the technical limitations of scrambling systems, which often enable nonsubscribers to receive some or all of the video or audio signals.