When you earn money, cash falls from the sky, meaning you have to scrounge on the floor for dollar bills.
“I have been on food stamps and had to scrounge for money,” she says.
Since Holtsman did not receive much guidance or support, he had to scrounge for supplies and ran his own operations.
I was able to scrounge up $9,000 and then put in $9,000 of my own, so I was in for $18,000.
I was never any good at this so Bruce used to scrounge for us.
While my company was in support one day my corporal and I managed to scrounge into a pill-box away from the awful mud.
"Let's scrounge anything we can find that runs on gasoline or coal oil," said Al Miner.
I could scrounge me a company job and have a thinking closet all to myself and two secretaries with stainless steel breasts.
Back from a spell behind Ypres in 1915, a few of us decided to scrounge round for a hair-cut.
One day we missed one of our fellows, a Cockney, for about two hours, and guessed he was on the "scrounge" somewhere or other.
"to acquire by irregular means," 1915, alteration of dialectal scrunge "to search stealthily, rummage, pilfer" (1909), of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal scringe "to pry about;" or perhaps related to scrouge, scrooge "push, jostle" (1755, also Cockney slang for "a crowd"), probably suggestive of screw, squeeze. Popularized by the military in World War I. Related: Scrounged; scrounging.
[1909+; probably fr British dialect scrunge, ''squeeze,'' hence ''steal,'' semantically parallel with pinch]