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Scrape meaning

scrape - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. strike against an object; " She stubbed her one's toe in the dark and now it's broken"
  2. 2. gather ( money or other resources) together over time; " She had scraped together enough money for college"
  3. 3. make by scraping; " They scraped a letter into the stone"
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. To remove by rubbing or scraping ( in the sense above).
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. To occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich.
  8. 8. To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument.
  9. 9. To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. A drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. To rub or abrade with something sharp; grate; collect laboriously.

scrape - examples of usage

  1. If I wanted to use it I must first scrape away the snow; but unhappily I had left my knife in the boat, and was without any instrument that would serve me to scrape with. - "The Frozen Pirate", W. Clark Russell.
  2. " Perhaps I may take a scrape on it myself. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
  3. " Why, father returned, saw Mr. Garrison raise his hat in answer to my thanks, and, thinking he had tried to scrape an acquaintance with me, threw him out of the seat. - "Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course", W. B. M. Ferguson.
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