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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  
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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1    abrade, bark, graze, rub, scratch, scuff, skin  
2    grate, grind, rasp, scratch, screech, set one's teeth on edge, squeak  
3    clean, erase, file, remove, rub, scour  
4    live from hand to mouth, pinch, save, scrimp, skimp, stint, tighten one's belt  
5    scrape by, in, or through      barely make it, cut it fine     (informal)   get by     (informal)   have a close shave     (informal)   struggle  
6      (informal)   awkward or embarrassing situation, difficulty, dilemma, distress, fix     (informal)   mess, plight, predicament, pretty pickle     (informal)   spot     (informal)   tight spot, trouble  

scrape together     
amass, dredge up, get hold of, glean, hoard, muster, rake up or together, save  

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