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scrouge

[skrouj, skrooj]
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verb (used with or without object), scrouged, scrouging.
  1. to squeeze; crowd.
Also scrooge.

Origin of scrouge

1820–30; blend of obsolete scruze (itself blend of screw and bruise) and gouge
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Examples from the Web for scrouge

Historical Examples

  • "You scrouge just like the puppy," was his appreciative comment of her gentle nestling against his little body.

    Rose of Old Harpeth

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • And I thought wed haf to scrouge down over a whisp of fire to-night in the open.

  • He'd have made the young one scrouge himself up dreadful narrow an' wriggle himself free, somehow.

    The Brass Bound Box

    Evelyn Raymond

  • I think we ought to scrouge down under something until the snow stops.


British Dictionary definitions for scrouge

scrouge

verb
  1. (tr) dialect to crowd or press

Word Origin

C18: alteration of C16 scruze to squeeze, perhaps blend of screw + squeeze
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