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Look at this picture.

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The two children are competing with each other for the toy.

How to express this action in English?

Could I say "The 2 children are scrambling for the toy"?

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I won't be vocabulary fancy here!

I'd say:

Two children are fighting for the toy

Fighting over a toy is common among kids.

Though fight is a bit strong word, looking at the expressions of the kids, I think it won't be exaggerated. And, when the context is clear (children), fight word is neutralized for its intensity.

Even babies fight!

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  • But, the children are not hitting each other though they may push each other away, they are just trying to pull the toy out of the other.
    – Tom
    Dec 18 '19 at 2:57
  • @Tom Yes, they aren't actually hitting each other. But "fighting over toys" is a very common phrase to use for this act (of pulling). It's very idiomatic and natural. If you fight for something, you try in a determined way to get it or achieve it. See definition 2 in Collins.
    – AIQ
    Dec 18 '19 at 4:04

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