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be on the scrounge (for something)

To ask for something without intending to do or give anything in exchange. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Tommy's on the scrounge for money again." B: "That kid needs to get a job."
See also: on, scrounge

go on the scrounge (for something)

To ask for something without intending to do or give anything in exchange. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Tommy's gone on the scrounge for money again." B: "That kid needs to get a job."
See also: on, scrounge

scrounge around (for someone or something)

Fig. to look around all over for someone or something. I scrounged around for Jamie, but she was nowhere to be found. I will try to scrounge around for a replacement part that will do the job.
See also: around, scrounge

scrounge someone or something up

Fig. to find someone or something somewhere; to dig someone or something up. I can't think of anyone just now, but I will scrounge someone up. They scrounged up an escort for Liz.
See also: scrounge, up

scrounge around

Forage about in an effort to obtain something at no cost, as in We scrounged around their kitchen looking for a snack. It derives from the dialectal scrunge, "steal." [Colloquial; c. 1900]
See also: around, scrounge

scrounge up

Find or round up something, as in I'll have to scrounge up another microphone for today's speaker. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
See also: scrounge, up

be/go on the ˈscrounge (for something)

(British English, informal, disapproving) ask somebody for money, food, etc. without doing any work for it or paying for it: She’s always on the scrounge for cigarettes. Why doesn’t she buy her own?
See also: on, scrounge

scrounge up

v.
To obtain something by or as if by begging, scavenging, or borrowing: The dog scrounged up a bone in the pile of trash. I didn't have any quarters for the washing machine, but I scrounged some up by looking under the cushions on the sofa.
See also: scrounge, up

scrounge (around (for someone or something))

(skrɑʊndʒ...)
in. to look around for someone or something; to seek someone or something in every likely place. Ask John to scrounge around for a wrench.
See also: scrounge, someone

scrounge (around )

verb
See also: scrounge

scrounge someone or something up

tv. to get someone or something somehow. I scrounged a doctor up in the middle of the night.
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I've scrounged empty 55-gallon steel drums, plastic barrels, tree chippings for landscaping, sheet metal by the ton, steel and iron by the tons, railroad ties, timber, lumber and a lot more.
This casts an interesting light on a quote buried in the footnote, perhaps waiting to be scrounged.
Students at El Camino Real High School have scrounged for spare change, pleaded for odd jobs and scooped ice cream on the weekends to help pay for their trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this August.
Keith, 32, has scrounged every spare yard of soil from neighbours' gardens so he can nurture his favourite crop.
We used scrounged lumber, metal roofing, rigid insulation board and tank.
They worked, endured, scrounged and scrimped,'' Bill says.
Each one of us had something that he had scrounged from the alley (he learned well from the "career scrounger").
He said a three-man submarine scrounged the ocean for months from Anacapa Island south to San Diego, searching for white abalone.
Players are allotted two; the Kings' media-relations staff scrounged up the rest.
When times got tough, she scrounged trash bins for aluminum cans to buy an extra carton of milk for her daughters.
Starting out with a blender and animal parts scrounged from a slaughterhouse, Gregory and the team of researchers he has assembled as director of the Oregon Medical Laser Center devised a method of extracting the elastin and fashioning it into artificial vessels.
And he'd have 10 or 15 other projects going at once, with actors on a given picture getting old or dying off by the time Welles had scrounged up the money and shot everything he felt he needed.
As Hamelin escaped from a transit camp in Paris where she was held for several months during World War II for her involvement with the French resistance, she took with her sketches of her view from the inside made with bits of paper and charcoal she scrounged.
For nearly 15 years, Tregembo saved pennies and scrounged pennies and bought pennies from anyone who had a handful or a jugful to cash in.