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[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 scrouging

Historical Examples

  • I seed a whole drove of colored folks pushin' and scrouging in there so feared they wouldn't get the best seat an' miss somepin.

    Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4

    Work Projects Administration

  • "It seems to me, ma'am, that it is you who are scrouging me," Ralph replied.

    One of the 28th

    G. A. Henty

  • All the station was scrouging round us by this time—pawters & clarx and refreshmint people and all.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • The pig followed it, scrouging under the fence, and squealing intermittently.

  • He turned about and without a word he began pushing a passage for himself through the scrouging pack of them.

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    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for scrouging


  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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