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scrounge

noun

(also scrounger)A person who acquires by begging, borrowing, or pilfering; codger, moocher, schnorrer

verb
  1. (also scrounge up) To acquire by such dubious ways as habitual borrowing, begging, foraging, scavenging, pilfering, etc; cadge, mooch • Popularized by military use during World War I: eating what little he could scrounge
  2. (also scrounge up) To seek and collect; scrape up: Let's see what we can scrounge up for supper

[1909+; probably fr British dialect scrunge, ''squeeze,'' hence ''steal,'' semantically parallel with pinch]


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

Find or round up something, as in I'll have to scrounge up another microphone for today's speaker. [ ; c. 1900 ]
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