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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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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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Language learners are constantly finding new words, looking them up in their dictionary and scribbling them down on pieces of paper which often get lost.
Chaucer himself is shown as a sort of 14th-century Dylan Thomas, eavesdropping on yarns being spun in the pub and scribbling them down in his notebook.
The reason I'm feeling so confident and cheery is that this time I have a clear idea of what I'm after and have even gone to the extraordinarily efficient step ( before leaving the house (of taking measurements of available space in my son's attic room and scribbling them down on the back of an old Tesco voucher for 10p off organic, corn-fed, free-range eggs which, surprisingly, I never got round to using.
The reason I'm feeling so confident and cheery is that this time I have a clear idea of what I'm after and have even gone to the extraordinarily efficient step - before leaving the house - of taking measurements of available space in my son's attic room and scribbling them down on the back of an old Tesco voucher for 10p off organic, corn-fed, free-range eggs which, surprisingly, I never got round to using.
"I remember sitting telling him jokes in the Dorchester about five years ago and he was busy scribbling them down on a piece of paper," recalls Frank.
Their complicated relationship is at the center of the play, which gets off to an amusing start when they are glimpsed on their wedding night, exchanging poetic vows of love and then scribbling them down in separate notebooks.