On the top of the heap something small and dark was scrabbling and rattling furtively among the coal.
All this scrabbling around, searching everywhere for suitable planets.
Ross choked and then sneezed as dust puffed up from between his scrabbling hands.
He appeared to be scrabbling about the floor, playing with her foot.
Away up the long stony hill, scrambling and scrabbling, but never ceasing till they reached the level prairie at the top.
There was one expanse that was sheer rock-climbing, flattened like bugs against a wall, scrabbling for hand-holds and footholds.
When he was gone, I found Jim Edwards scrabbling for his hat where it had dropped over behind the desk.
They reached his extended arms and ran up them with scrabbling claws.
He swung into his waistcoat and coat, scrabbling at the buttons in the violence of his emotions.
And the little ways of all one's scrabbling and burrowing and chuckling and nodding and winking house-mates!
1530s, "to scrawl, scribble," from Dutch schrabbelen, frequentative of schrabben "to scratch," from the same root as scrape (v.). Meaning "to struggle, scramble" first recorded 1630s. Related: Scrabbled; scrabbling.