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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

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))

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 )

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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In scrounging for money, more people may be tapping another major source of coins--their piggy banks.
Jahal Akbar, 10, also puts in a 10-hour day, scrounging through the city's garbage dumps for plastic, aluminum, and other recyclable materials he can resell.
Singer and his underground friends, who took on the roles of both actors and crew, went through seven years of scrounging, begging and borrowing to make their grainy black-and-white 16mm film.
Every quarter involves a frantic scurrying for sales and a scrounging for last-minute profit dollars.
As insurance rates and health costs soar, most companies are scrounging to cut employee costs and benefits.
And under EO 79, each agency there is supposed to shell out, but they were scrounging around and there were only two volunteers, the DOF and the DENR, and so we have to scrounge also for funds.
May I suggest love, you either discover contraception or get a job and stop scrounging off other hardworking people.
The analysis also said that this problem of scrounging is likely to worsen with tens of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians coming in just over a fortnight's time.
The story of Mr and Mrs A is one of tragedy and certainly not one of scrounging from the state.
FEBRUARY St Valentine's Day; snowdrops game salutes; A grateful robin, co-existing fox, Both scrounging hopefuls in their fluffed out suits; The glow from stepping out to letterbox In cleansing cold, returning from the post To welcome warmth, the cosiness of home With wheeled in trolley bearing buttered toast And curtains drawn against the teatime gloom; The still, quiet mornings with a landscape white With thinning mist or trace of frost on grass, A watered sun diffusing kindly light.
Give me the old streets Of brick chimneys and grime - That's the place where I felt grand and fine Mangy cats and dogs Scrounging around Pedigree mongrels all
I've always been keen on scrounging and bartering, so the outrageous prices of materials made scrounging even more important.
But this scrounging cheat has made the case for welfare reform.
The whole family, from your account, are all gainfully employed, not scrounging scumbags who do not bother to work, and if members of his family were not holding the positions they would still be required, so the taxpayer would still be paying this amount.
Investigators discovered Donald McCaughey had placed pounds 190,000 in bets with one bookie alone, despite scrounging by claiming Income Support and Housing Benefit.