“I have been on food stamps and had to scrounge for money,” she says.
I was able to scrounge up $9,000 and then put in $9,000 of my own, so I was in for $18,000.
When you earn money, cash falls from the sky, meaning you have to scrounge on the floor for dollar bills.
"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]