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scrape

  

      vb  
1    to move (a rough or sharp object) across (a surface), esp. to smooth or clean  
2    tr; often foll by: away or off   to remove (a layer) by rubbing  
3    to produce a harsh or grating sound by rubbing against (an instrument, surface, etc.)  
4    tr   to injure or damage by rough contact  
to scrape one's knee     
5    intr   to be very economical or sparing in the use (of) (esp. in the phrase scrimp and scrape)  
6    intr   to draw the foot backwards in making a bow  
7    tr   to finish (a surface) by use of a scraper  
8    tr   to make (a bearing, etc.) fit by scraping  
9    bow and scrape   to behave with excessive humility  
      n  
10    the act of scraping  
11    a scraped place  
12    a harsh or grating sound  
13    Informal   an awkward or embarrassing predicament  
14    Informal   a conflict or struggle  
     (Old English scrapian; related to Old Norse skrapa, Middle Dutch schrapen, Middle High German schraffen)  
  scrapable      adj  
  scraper      n  


scrape in  
      vb   intr, adv   to succeed in entering with difficulty or by a narrow margin  
he only just scraped into university        (Also)    scrape into  
scrape through  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to manage or survive with difficulty  
2    to succeed in with difficulty or by a narrow margin  
he scraped through by one mark     
scrape together   , up  
      vb   tr, adv   to collect with difficulty  
to scrape together money for a new car     
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
v.
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
v.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
exp.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
exp.
laughing my fucking ass off
[Slang];[Arg.]
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
exp.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
exp.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
[Slang];[Vulg.]
n.
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust

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