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  • n  someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)

  • In the records the rangy, tawny dog's religion was given as "scrounger," his character as "very good," his efficiency "moderate.
  • Today's scrounger can be an Air Cav supply sergeant or an Air Force crew chief, but Viet Nam's Feddersen outdoes them allboth in Yankee horse-trading skill and sheer .
  • Just follow the advice of another ex-scrounger, Martin Scorsese: "You should just start working wherever you can! Get out, knock on every door, sneak into the studio.

  • David Cameron in BBC News
    Speaking ahead of next week's emergency Budget, Mr Cameron said the budget deficit will not be dealt with by "just hitting either the rich or the welfare scrounger".
  • Brendan Barber in Socialist Party
    Even the normally insipid TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said in response: "Unemployment figures are seen as the scrounger count by some and poverty level benefits are considered a way to drive people back to work. While always wrong, this...
  • Ashley Cole in Irish Examiner
    Elsewhere in the interview, Cheryl, married to England and Chelsea star Ashley Cole, slagged off the WAGs, saying: "Footballers' wives are just as bad as benefit-scroungers. It's just a higher class of scrounger."

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