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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.
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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]
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scrounge up

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

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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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As insurance rates and health costs soar, most companies are scrounging to cut employee costs and benefits.
The story of Mr and Mrs A is one of tragedy and certainly not one of scrounging from the state.
No cash that would stop the scrounging lying fraudsters.
60 years of scrounging benefits off the taxpayer without being caught," the Sun quoted him as tweeting.
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.
IS it any wonder that half of single mothers don't want to work, when we have a benefit system that encourages them into a life of scrounging off the taxpayer?
The debate was widely seen as a crucial moment for Democrat Angelides -- who is trailing in public opinion polls and scrounging for funds -- to finally make a significant impression on voters, many of whom only know him from Schwarzenegger ads.
A GLAMOUR model who canoodled with soccer star Rio Ferdinand has been warned she faces jail after scrounging almost pounds 15,000 in benefits.
YOU ask if we know any teenage mothers who are scrounging off the state, having paid nothing in and never likely to do so.
A third of those questioned claimed the reason they kept scrounging was that they knew they could get away with it.
We are always hearing about people scrounging off the state, but Paul's case is clearly genuine, and yet he is treated with contempt.
Many thought she was a scrounging ne'er-do-well, but she's really a budding Vivienne Westwood who can turn out lucrative designs at the drop of a hat.