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Definition of Scrape


  1. To rub over the surface of (something) with a sharp or rough instrument; to rub over with something that roughens by removing portions of the surface; to grate harshly over; to abrade; to make even, or bring to a required condition or form, by moving the sharp edge of an instrument breadthwise over the surface with pressure, cutting away excesses and superfluous parts; to make smooth or clean; as, to scrape a bone with a knife; to scrape a metal plate to an even surface.
  2. To remove by rubbing or scraping (in the sense above).
  3. To collect by, or as by, a process of scraping; to gather in small portions by laborious effort; hence, to acquire avariciously and save penuriously; -- often followed by together or up; as, to scrape money together.
  4. To express disapprobation of, as a play, or to silence, as a speaker, by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; -- usually with down.
  5. To rub over the surface of anything with something which roughens or removes it, or which smooths or cleans it; to rub harshly and noisily along.
  6. To occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich.
  7. To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument.
  8. To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
  9. The act of scraping; also, the effect of scraping, as a scratch, or a harsh sound; as, a noisy scrape on the floor; a scrape of a pen.
  10. A drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment.
  11. A disagreeable and embarrassing predicament out of which one can not get without undergoing, as it were, a painful rubbing or scraping; a perplexity; a difficulty.

Scrape Quotations

I think I had the smallest handle around. When I got my bats, I even trimmed them down. I used to scrape them. Some years later when I started getting older, I used to start with a 33 and in the summer it got down to 31 and then probably in September got down to 30.
Stan Musial

I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I'd seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.
Bryan Adams

Writing my first book, I think in hindsight I went into it saying, 'It's gonna sell.' I was earning enough to scrape by sometime around a book or two before 'Tell No One.' I moved up from $50,000 to $75,000, then $150,000 for each book. I had never thought I would be doing anything else. I had enough encouragement.
Harlan Coben

So now I'm left with cigarettes, and I'm trying to scrape that off my shoe and then I'll be done.
Diane Lane

You can't make a living as a playwright. You can barely scrape by.
Sam Shepard
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Scrape Translations

scrape in Danish is skrabe
scrape in Dutch is afkrabben
scrape in Finnish is raapia
scrape in French is grattent, grattons, grattez, racler
scrape in German is schaben, kratzen, schabest
scrape in Italian is raschiare, graffiare
scrape in Spanish is rascar, raspadura
scrape in Swedish is skrapning, skrapa
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