scramble for

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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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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The emphatic horse, cut short by the whip in a most decided negative, made a decided scramble for it, and the three other horses followed suit.
figure By PETER KAGWANJA Ahead of the 2022 elections, Kenya is in the throes of a new scramble for Mount Kenya communities akin to the global surge of foreign interests in Africa.
It was a scramble for the soul of 'Mau Mau tribes' and for Jomo Kenyattagiving rise to the slogan 'Uhuru na Kenyatta'.
The other point that Reid misses in his generalisation is the fact that, it is their ideology that drives jihadists to do what they do, and not the "scramble for resources", as he suggests.
And since he has claimed that Africa is experiencing "a second scramble for resources", can Mr Reid please write in and explain when the first "scramble" ended and the second one began?
Harrogate racer A Redfearn was the winner in the Unlimited cc Non-winners race and D Todd was first across the line in the Bradley Scramble for bikes up to 200cc.
A new scramble for Africa?; imperialism, investment and development.
of Witwatersrand, South Africa) and Melber (executive director, Dag Hammraskjold Foundation, Sweden), provide varying answers to that question as they examine such issues as the neoliberalization of African economies, US-Chinese rivalries over African resources and markets, India's motivations for engaging with Africa, the role of South Africa, the militarization of resource politics in Africa, connections between oil and war in Chad, comparison of the activities of transnational mining companies in the 19th and 21st centuries in the Central African copper belt, the scramble for genetic resources, the European Union and the international scramble for African fish, the marginalization of African capitalism, and public contracts and foreign business bribery in Uganda.
CELTIC fans are facing a massive ticket scramble for their Champions League qualifier in Basel.
In the scramble for the prize, she was knocked from her seat and hurt.
The court said that while she assumed the risk of being hit by a batted ball in sitting where she did, she couldn't be expected to guess that the fans would scramble for the foul ball with such unusual violence that she would be injured.
According to some theorists, such a mating fest, where males literally scramble for partners, should encourage the evolution of specific ways to pick the best mates.
Thomas Pakenham notes, "The scramble for Africa bewildered everyone" (xxi).
If these two players are not open, the QB will scramble for the end zone.
Not even the holiday exodus has halted the scramble for tickets.