TV had to scramble to put anything on the air and often it was nothing but an anchorman in a New York studio.
The tactic of occupation has passed its half-life, leaving the Occupation to scramble for new footing this spring.
But the conservative tide has risen so quickly that Republican candidates must scramble to higher ground or be submerged.
It is ruthlessly pitting European nations against each other as they scramble to avoid financial contagion.
In the meantime, the scramble is on and, in Republican presidential politics, anything can happen.
When one is down there the city seems everything—the noise, the hurry, the voices—you must live, you must scramble.
Without answering, the other Sister at once plunged into the midst of the scramble.
The snow-drifts are not very deep in places, for I went through twice, though I was able to scramble out again without assistance.
The remainder of the ceremony was lost amid the hurry and scramble of the departure.
I was going to say “fighting,” but perhaps that would be too strong a word to use for this scramble for places.
1580s (intransitive), perhaps a nasalized variant of scrabble (v.), in its sense of "to struggle, to scrape quickly." Transitive sense "to stir or toss together randomly" is from 1822. Broadcasting sense "to make unintelligible" is attested from 1927. Related: Scrambled; scrambling. Scrambled eggs first recorded 1843.
1670s, "an eager, rude contest or struggle," from scramble (v.). Meaning "a walk or ramble involving clambering and struggling with obstacles" is from 1755. Meaning "rapid take-off" first recorded 1940, R.A.F. slang.
: Some girls I know ''scramble,'' which means sell drugs, to get it (1980s+ Teenagers)