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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 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.

    Burlesques

    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.

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb


British Dictionary definitions for scrouging

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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