Scrape meaning

skrāp
The definition of a scrape is an area that has been rubbed off, or an unhappy situation caused by your own actions.

An example of a scrape is a skinned knee from falling on concrete.

An example of a scrape is not having enough money for lunch when you left your wallet at home.

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Scrape is defined as to rub with something rough, abrasive or sharp.

An example of scrape is using the rough side of a sponge to remove dried food from a dish.

An example of scrape is stubbing your bare toe on the sidewalk.

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To remove (an outer layer, for example) from a surface by forceful strokes of an edged or rough instrument.

Scraped the wallpaper off before painting the wall.

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To abrade or smooth by rubbing with a sharp or rough instrument.
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To draw (a hard or abrasive object) forcefully over a surface.

Scraped my fingernails down the blackboard.

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To amass or produce with difficulty.

Scrape together some cash.

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To come into sliding, abrasive contact.
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To rub or move with a harsh grating noise.
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To give forth a harsh grating noise.
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To economize or save money by paying attention to very small amounts; scrimp.
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To succeed or manage with difficulty.

Scraped through by a narrow margin.

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An abrasion on the skin.
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To rub over the surface of with something rough or sharp.
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To make smooth or clean by rubbing with a tool or abrasive.
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To remove by rubbing with something sharp or rough.
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To scratch or abrade by a rough, rubbing contact.

To fall and scrape one's knee.

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To rub with a harsh, grating sound.

Chalk scraping a blackboard.

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To dig, esp. with the hands and nails.
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To scrape something so as to remove dirt, etc.
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To rub against something harshly; grate.
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To give out a harsh, grating noise.
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To collect or gather goods or money slowly and with difficulty.
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To manage to get by; survive.
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To draw the foot back along the ground in bowing.
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The act of scraping.
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A scraped place; abrasion or scratch.
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The noise of scraping; harsh, grating sound.
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A disagreeable or embarrassing situation; predicament, esp. when caused by one's own conduct.
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A fight or conflict.
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To draw an object, especially a sharp or angular one, along (something) while exerting pressure.

Her fingernails scraped across the blackboard, making a shrill sound.

Scrape the chewing gum off with a knife.

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To injure or damage by rubbing across a surface.

She tripped on a rock and scraped her knee.

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To barely manage to achieve.

I scraped a pass in the exam.

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To collect or gather, especially without regard to the quality of what is chosen.

Just use whatever you can scrape together.

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(computing) To extract data by automated means from a format not intended to be machine-readable, such as a screenshot or a formatted web page.
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To occupy oneself with getting laboriously.

He scraped and saved until he became rich.

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To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or similar instrument.
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To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
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To express disapprobation of (a play, etc.) or to silence (a speaker) by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; usually with down.

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A broad, shallow injury left by scraping (rather than a cut or a scratch).

He fell on the sidewalk and got a scrape on his knee.

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A fight, especially a fistfight without weapons.

He got in a scrape with the school bully.

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An awkward set of circumstances.

I'm in a bit of a scrape "” I've no money to buy my wife a birthday present.

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(UK, slang) A D and C or abortion; or, a miscarriage.
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A shallow depression used by ground birds as a nest; a nest scrape.
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To rub (a surface) with considerable pressure, as with an edged instrument or a hard object.
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To injure the surface of by rubbing against something rough or sharp.

Scraped my knee on the sidewalk.

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To collect or gather slowly and with difficulty.

To scrape together some money.

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Origin of scrape

  • Middle English scrapen from Old Norse skrapa sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English scrapen, from Old Norse skrapa (“to scrape, scratch") and Old English scrapian (“to scrape, scratch"), both from Proto-Germanic *skrapōnÄ…, *skrepanÄ… (“to scrape, scratch"), from Proto-Indo-European *skreb-, *skrep- (“to engrave"). Cognate with Dutch schrapen (“to scrape"), German schrappen (“to scrape"), Danish skrabe (“to scrape"), Icelandic skrapa (“to scrape"), Walloon screper (“to scrape"), Latin scribō (“dig with a pen, draw, write").

    From Wiktionary