Perhaps worst of all, this scramble for spoils raises the value of gains even as it lowers the bar for action.
But the conservative tide has risen so quickly that Republican candidates must scramble to higher ground or be submerged.
TV had to scramble to put anything on the air and often it was nothing but an anchorman in a New York studio.
In the meantime, the scramble is on and, in Republican presidential politics, anything can happen.
Now, states from Pennsylvania to Florida are facing political and public pressure as they scramble to adjust local laws.
When one is down there the city seems everything—the noise, the hurry, the voices—you must live, you must scramble.
Some rats in the wall began to fight and bite each other, and squeak and scramble.
The snow-drifts are not very deep in places, for I went through twice, though I was able to scramble out again without assistance.
When it is melted pour the egg and scramble them with a fork on a low fire.
I was going to say “fighting,” but perhaps that would be too strong a word to use for this scramble for places.
1580s (intransitive), perhaps a nasalized variant of scrabble (v.), in its sense of "to struggle, to scrape quickly." Transitive sense "to stir or toss together randomly" is from 1822. Broadcasting sense "to make unintelligible" is attested from 1927. Related: Scrambled; scrambling. Scrambled eggs first recorded 1843.
1670s, "an eager, rude contest or struggle," from scramble (v.). Meaning "a walk or ramble involving clambering and struggling with obstacles" is from 1755. Meaning "rapid take-off" first recorded 1940, R.A.F. slang.
: Some girls I know ''scramble,'' which means sell drugs, to get it (1980s+ Teenagers)