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scribble

To modify a data structure in a random and unintentionally destructive way. "Bletch! Somebody's disk-compactor program went berserk and scribbled on the i-node table." "It was working fine until one of the allocation routines scribbled on low core." Synonymous with trash; compare mung, which conveys a bit more intention, and mangle, which is more violent and final.
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Will's notebook full of the 'wiry, scribbly sub-language' shorthand
Yazjy portrays a mess of feelings and scribbly strokes on a canvas betraying fear and despair.
The Scribbly has now attracted the attention of tech magazines and gadget gospels such as Wired and Gizmodo, and is in demand from distributors as far afield as Panama and Argentina.
That scribbly gum is acting out again, throwing its fruit, forcing
Or maybe, I started to realise, my dad drank the drink, bit the carrot, ate the biscuit and wrote a scribbly note to make it look like someone magical had visited in the night.
Scribbly illustrations lend humor to this tale of high feelings and working out compromises.
His speech seemed more slurred; his coloring was more scribbly.
Vriesea fosteriana: dominant for narrow leaves, scribbly patterns, hardiness, ease of growth.
My character was that of Julie Lovely, the girlfriend and then wife of the main man Philip Scribbly.
I see you writing a book, he says, pointing to a scribbly stain.
Being scribbly and scrawly and sketchy is what his friends have come to appreciate and value about him.