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.
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)