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scratch for

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To acquire something, esp something hard to find or get: I was scratching around for whatever work I could get

[1509+; fr the food-seeking action of chickens]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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