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scram·ble

 (skrăm′bəl)
v. scram·bled, scram·bling, scram·bles
v.intr.
1. To move or climb hurriedly, especially on the hands and knees.
2. To struggle or contend frantically in order to get something: scrambled for the best seats.
3. To take off with all possible haste, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
4. Football
a. To run around with the ball behind the line of scrimmage in order to avoid being tackled while searching for an open receiver.
b. To run forward with the ball when unable to complete an intended pass play. Used of a quarterback.
5. Linguistics To move to another position in a syntactic structure, as for emphasis. Used of phrases or other syntactic constituents.
v.tr.
1. To mix or throw together haphazardly.
2. To gather together in a hurried or disorderly fashion.
3. To cook (beaten eggs) until firm but with a soft consistency.
4. Electronics To distort or garble (a signal) so as to render it unintelligible without a special receiver.
5. To cause (aircraft) to take off as fast as possible, as to intercept enemy aircraft.
n.
1. The act or an instance of scrambling.
2. An arduous hike or climb over rough terrain.
3. A struggle for something: a scramble for new territory.
4. Sports See motocross.
5. A swift takeoff of military aircraft in response to an alert or attack.

[Perhaps blend of obsolete scamble, to struggle for, and dialectal cramble, to crawl.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scrambled - thrown together in a disorderly fashion; "a scrambled plan of action"
disorganised, disorganized - lacking order or methodical arrangement or function; "a disorganized enterprise"; "a thousand pages of muddy and disorganized prose"; "she was too disorganized to be an agreeable roommate"
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Beth, if you don't keep these horrid cats down cellar I'll have them drowned," exclaimed Meg angrily as she tried to get rid of the kitten which had scrambled up her back and stuck like a burr just out of reach.
However, the masts did not go overboard; and by and bye we scrambled down, so sober, that we had to pass the flip again, though the savage salt spray bursting down the forecastle scuttle, rather too much diluted and pickled it to my taste.
He then somehow scrambled into the saddle, and with a "Gee up" and a clap on my sides with both his legs, he started on his journey, making a little circuit to avoid the dike.
Then, as Jurgis scrambled to his feet again and started round the counter after him, he shouted at the top of his voice, "Help
The men, led by the groans of Tom, scrambled and crackled through stumps, logs and bushes, to where that hero lay groaning and swearing with alternate vehemence.
as soft as I could, and then I put out the light and scrambled out of the window on to the shed.
The lad fled on the instant, scrambled up the high board-fence, and disappeared over it.
Rebecca heard the sound of the sewing machine in the dining-room and the chopping of meat in the kitchen; so knowing the whereabouts of both her aunts, she scrambled out of the window, caught hold of the lightning rod, slid down to the helpful cleat, jumped to the porch, used the woodbine trellis for a ladder, and was flying up the road in the storm before she had time to arrange any details of her future movements.
It was hard to go away and leave it all, particularly as Nut had actually crept on to her dress and Shell had scrambled down the trunk of the apple-tree they sat under and stayed there looking at her with inquiring eyes.
Lorry, getting down into the road--assisted from behind more swiftly than politely by the other two passengers, who immediately scrambled into the coach, shut the door, and pulled up the window.
The idea being an alarming one, he scrambled out of bed, and groped his way to the window.
Making my way along here with all despatch, I had just crossed a ditch which I knew to be very near the Battery, and had just scrambled up the mound beyond the ditch, when I saw the man sitting before me.