scribble away (at something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
Letellier cast his eyes around him, and seeing the black and meager clerk with the scowling brow, scribbling away in his office, he preferred him to the best gendarme for the execution of this design.
Lever that he permitted this holy place to be for about half an hour profaned by a mere priest, scribbling away on a piece of paper.
Box office worker by day, by night Laura Lees was furiously scribbling away at a play inspired by her uncle Mark's time as DJ at the famous Liverpool gay club and her own love of the '80s.
I can tell you that because I was sitting behind her and saw her scribbling away," he said.
And whilst I have made a living from the first subject scribbling away for well over 30 years, I never once upon leaving school had to recite Peig Sayers' tale of woe on the Blasket Islands or explain Pythagoras' theorem.
As they helped father in to the car and they drove away into the darkness, I remember running back inside and scribbling away in my diary with a heavy heart, my brother flashing apprehensive smiles my way.
Having spent the last twelve years blithely scribbling away in the print media I had neglected to notice that my perimeter was eroding and that the platform I stood on was shrinking.
Not that Clement looked entirely satisfied with what he was watching, regularly scribbling away in his notebook and using a water break to make a point to Ayew and Abraham.
Photos have been provided, of the President scribbling away, complete with a note in neon green ink from Cielo Macapagal-Salgado on his desk, and standing beside a TV set tuned to the news.
The rigid rows of desks, being given an exam candidate number, the ticking of the clock, the silence, apart from the sounds of pens and pencils scribbling away at the answers.
In the midst of it all sits Sara Schneider with her notebook, swirling and sipping and scribbling away (and wisely tipping most of the contents of her glass into a spittoon).
Before the play started, Adam Redmore's young Dahl could be seen sitting at the bar in a pilot's uniform scribbling away in a small leather notebook.
Pardew had been scribbling away on his notepad in the closing stages of the first half, and whatever he said to his team at the interval appeared to do the trick.
After a day of scribbling away frantically in the office, sitting down to enjoy some nibbles and refreshment was at the forefront of my agenda.