v. hunt through discarded materials for usable items; search, especially for food
If you need car parts that the dealers no longer stock, try to scavenge for odd bits and pieces at the auto wreckers' yards.
Sentence in Classic:
Sometimes he listened with dignified interest to details of her businesses, nodding approval at her sagacity, and at other times he called her somewhat dubious tradings scavenging, highway robbery and extortion.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
To die in a butt of Malvoisie, like Clarence, is permissible; in the ditch of a scavenger, like Escoubleau, is horrible.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context