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scribble down

To write something hastily by hand. He quickly scribbled down a phone number on a slip of paper and pushed it across the desk to me. The students were all scribbling down their notes so intensely that they didn't even notice their teacher leave the room.
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scribble away (at something)

To work hard and hastily writing something down, especially by hand. The students were all scribbling away so intensely that they didn't even notice their teacher leave the room. I could sit in a coffee shop all day scribbling away at my novel, but they don't like it when I loiter there for more than a few hours at a time.
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scribble away (at something)

to write hard and fast at some task. He scribbled away at his notes as the lecturer droned on. Jane sat in the library scribbling away.
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scribble something down

to write something down fast and not too neatly. He scribbled the figure down and raced for the telephone. Liz scribbled down the telephone number.
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scribble down

v.
To write something quickly without paying attention to readability or style: She grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled down the address that I told her. He scribbled a number down on his notepad.
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If we choose the Christian way, we are choosing compassion--that is, the companionship of those who suffer--but not in impotence, because the power of Christ is so much more than the scribbled images of Jesus we've retained since childhood.
SCRIBBLER: John Lennon gave teenager Gail Renard the scribbled lyrics to Give Peace A Chance in 1969
Guy Holmes, director at Browne Smith, said: "The initial brief for the massive project was scribbled on the back of an envelope by the managing director of the port, Mervyn Blades.
Rongen also scribbled the number of points he believed was realistic for Chivas to earn during a three-game stretch: nine.
June Reilly, 26, also scribbled Glasgow Rangers, Simply the Best, No Surrender, 1690 and God Bless the Queen.
On a ventilator and unable to speak after suffering a collapsed lung, the 43-year-old Bakersfield man scribbled the words ``dog'' and ``George'' on a piece of paper from his bed at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
They amount to the same thing in Ritchie's universe, where God does play at dice, because the only faith to be had rests in a hyperinformatics or game theory, via which any component can be recombined with every other, scribbled on or underwritten by reams of code that aren't meant to be deciphered.
The Dublin housewife scribbled down Wednesday night's numbers on the top of a potato sack when they were called out on the radio.
She scribbled installments of her first book in cafes while her daughter Jessica was napping.
Lucky gets lucky with Theresa (Ever Carradine), a real-estate saleswoman kicked to the curb when her husband discovers she's squandered nearly $100 large at the slots (but not before he scribbled the word ``Loser'' on her forehead in indelible ink).
It was then passed among a group of fans, one of whom scribbled on it with ballpoint pen.
Almost effaced portraits, these scribbled and scratched drawings are nearly consigned to pictorial oblivion by an intense crust of black gesso.
You might think a guide to cross-country skiing in Southern California could be scribbled on the back of a Snow Summit lift ticket.
From these photographs, framed as tightly as possible, man is absent; he is present only in the hollows, through pathetic vestiges (burn marks and ashes in the fireplace, names and phone numbers scribbled on walls) or simply through his manifestations (homes, leisure spots, businesses).
We'll help you get computers, a basketball, a covered lunch pavilion,'' Riordan said, as his aides scribbled notes.