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[skrouj, skrooj] /skraʊdʒ, skrudʒ/
verb (used with or without object), scrouged, scrouging.
to squeeze; crowd.
Also, scrooge.
Origin of scrouge
1820-30; blend of obsolete scruze (itself blend of screw and bruise) and gouge Unabridged
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  • And I thought wed haf to scrouge down over a whisp of fire to-night in the open.

  • I think we ought to scrouge down under something until the snow stops.

  • "You scrouge just like the puppy," was his appreciative comment of her gentle nestling against his little body.

    Rose of Old Harpeth Maria Thompson Daviess
  • He'd have made the young one scrouge himself up dreadful narrow an' wriggle himself free, somehow.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for scrouge


/skraʊdʒ; skruːdʒ/
(transitive) (dialect) to crowd or press
Word Origin
C18: alteration of C16 scruze to squeeze, perhaps blend of screw + squeeze
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  1. To squeeze oneself into a tighter space: I scrunched into the corner and covered my ears/ She scrooged over and patted the sofa beside her. Ooch over (entry form 1844+)
  2. To squeeze: He scrunched the paper into a ball (1880+)

[ultimately fr late 16th-century scruze, ''squeeze,'' perhaps a blend of screw and squeeze]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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