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Daemon
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scavenger

(noun) Someone who collects things that have been discarded by others.

Synonyms: pack rat, magpie

Usage: A devoted scavenger, Harold refused to buy a new sofa, opting instead to search for one that had been abandoned by its previous owner at the curb.
KSPavan
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scavenger
Definition: (noun) Someone who collects things that have been discarded by others.
Synonyms: pack rat, magpie
Usage: A devoted scavenger, Harold refused to buy a new sofa, opting instead to search for one that had been abandoned by its previous owner at the curb.
8BooksOfSengathe
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:30:48 AM

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Daemon wrote:
scavenger

(noun) Someone who collects things that have been discarded by others.

Synonyms: pack rat, magpie

Usage: A devoted scavenger, Harold refused to buy a new sofa, opting instead to search for one that had been abandoned by its previous owner at the curb.



Two elderly lady-friends had become scavenger-shoppers,
weather permitting, to see what items would be priced
for free at the closing time of local garage sales.

Emel Rapchan
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:28:33 AM

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8BooksOfSengathe wrote:
Daemon wrote:
scavenger

(noun) Someone who collects things that have been discarded by others.

Synonyms: pack rat, magpie

Usage: A devoted scavenger, Harold refused to buy a new sofa, opting instead to search for one that had been abandoned by its previous owner at the curb.



Two elderly lady-friends had become scavenger-shoppers,
weather permitting, to see what items would be priced
for free at the closing time of local garage sales.



Interesting.
A friend of mine, once in Canada, was told to go to Thrifty Store, kept by Salvation Army, and get winter clothes there because of the small prices and the eventual good quality.
He actually went there and told me he could buy a good set of winter clothing and shoes for less than 200 bucks!
Emel Rapchan
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scavenger
- pack rat, magpie
- Both words above are animals with the typical behavior of scavenging.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:31:01 PM

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Daemon wrote:
scavenger

(noun) Someone who collects things that have been discarded by others.

Synonyms: pack rat, magpie

Usage: A devoted scavenger, Harold refused to buy a new sofa, opting instead to search for one that had been abandoned by its previous owner at the curb.


scavenger (n.)
1540s, originally "person hired to remove refuse from streets," from Middle English scawageour (late 14c.), London official in charge of collecting tax on goods sold by foreign merchants, from Anglo-French scawager, from scawage "toll or duty on goods offered for sale in one's precinct" (c. 1400), from Old North French escauwage "inspection," from a Germanic source (compare Old High German scouwon, Old English sceawian "to look at, inspect;" see show (v.)).

It has come to be regarded as an agent noun in -er, but the verb is a late back-formation from the noun. With unetymological -n- (c. 1500) as in harbinger, passenger, messenger, etc. Extended to animals 1590s. Scavenger hunt is attested from 1937.

Mehrdad77
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scavenger
Ever catch a raccoon in your garbage can? The critter is a scavenger, digging around for whatever it can find to eat. In fact, anything or anybody searching for and collecting what others have tossed away is a scavenger.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:32:56 PM

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Originally the Middle English word skavager referred to a customs collector who collected scavage, or a toll on foreign goods brought in to sell. In the late 14th Century, scavengers were people hired to clean the streets. Later, the word was used for animals who ate decaying creatures. Later still, the "scavenger hunt" became popular as a game where people have to find items on a list. Anyone who hunts for and collects castoffs could be called a scavenger.
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