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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)

To search all around trying to locate someone or something suited to one's purpose. Stranded in the mountains until a search team came for us, we were forced to scrounge around for anything we could eat. Due to new immigration restrictions, the hotel industry along the east coast has been scrounging around for enough workers to handle their busy season. Our magazine scrounges around for the very best deals on state-of-the-art electronics and appliances.
See also: around, scrounge, someone

scrounge up

To locate someone or something after foraging or searching exhaustively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrounge" and "up." Due to new immigration restrictions, the hotel industry along the east coast has been struggling to scrounging up enough workers to handle their busy season. Even though a trip to the grocery store was long overdue, I was able to scrounge enough food up to make a decent dinner. My mother refuses to buy anything new unless she can scrounge up a coupon for it.
See also: scrounge, up

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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We do not need more scroungers claiming what they think belongs to them, as this created a society of dependents who believe taking and never giving is a human right.
5364 Table II: Algorithm Parameter value GSO Scrounger Percentage 80% [[theta].
He speculates that other scroungers may be like him, but he has no idea if this is true.
Old Western Scrounger has recently come up with some good ideas.
Why pick on our own when scroungers from other countries do not get any such coverage and are not sought out by social investigators?
lazy scroungers who view us as a bottomless pit of cash.
Describing RBS as a "dead bank on life-support", the shareholder added: "He's a benefit scrounger on a massive scale.
But as far as Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is concerned, a scrounger is what you are.
PETE PRICE needs to be defended over his scrounger remarks.
Well, at least he's our scrounger, unlike the thousands of so-called asylum seekers who have not put a penny into the kitty but seem to be living quite well on our handouts.
Mick Philpott, a self-confessed scrounger who raked in PS38,000-a-year in benefit claims for his multitude of children.
Being unemployed and/or in receipt of benefits does nothing for your self esteem, and it has certainly been my experience that, to be unemployed, is to be regarded as a scrounger, when nothing could be further from the truth.
Anyone who loses his or her job at the present time, regardless of how many years or how hard they have worked, is automatically treated as a work-shy scrounger.
Iain Duncan Smith apparently subscribes to the same misguided theory that everyone on benefits is a bone-idle scrounger.
FROM PAGE 5: Teen dad-of-five: 'I'll spend cash however I want':A teenage father-of-five says he's allowed to spend money earned from his fame how he wants - and insists he's no scrounger.