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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.
See also: away, scribble

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.
See also: down, scribble
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, scribble

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.
See also: down, scribble
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: down, scribble
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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