scrape by/along


scrape by/along
manage to live with difficulty.
scrape

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • scrape — ► VERB 1) drag or pull a hard or sharp implement across (a surface or object) to remove dirt or waste matter. 2) use a sharp or hard implement to remove (dirt or unwanted matter). 3) rub against a rough or hard surface. 4) just manage to achieve …   English terms dictionary

  • scrape — verb 1》 drag or pull a hard or sharp implement across (a surface or object).     ↘use a sharp or hard implement to remove (dirt or unwanted matter). 2》 rub or cause to rub against a rough or hard surface.     ↘humorous play a violin tunelessly.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • scrape — [skrāp] vt. scraped, scraping [ME scrapen < ON skrapa, akin to Du schrapen, OE screpan, to scratch < IE base * (s)ker , to cut > SCURF, SHARP] 1. to rub over the surface of with something rough or sharp 2. to make smooth or clean by… …   English World dictionary

  • scrape — vb Scrape, scratch, grate, rasp, grind are comparable when they mean to apply friction to something by rubbing it with or against a thing that is harsh, rough, or sharp. Scrape usually implies the removal of something from a surface with an edged …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Scrape — Scrape, v. i. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To occupy one s self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrape — [n] bad or embarrassing situation awkward situation, corner*, difficulty, dilemma, discomfiture, distress, embarrassment, fix*, hole*, jam*, mess*, pickle*, plight, predicament, tight spot*, trouble; concept 674 Ant. resolution, solution scrape… …   New thesaurus

  • scrape by — verb manage one s existence barely I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary • Syn: ↑scrape along, ↑scratch along, ↑squeak by, ↑squeeze by, ↑rub along • Hypernyms: ↑cop …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrape — scrape1 [ skreıp ] verb * 1. ) transitive to rub a sharp edge or tool against a surface: You ll have to scrape the walls before you paint them. a ) scrape something off/into/onto/out of etc. (something) to remove something by pulling a hard tool… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scrape — I UK [skreɪp] / US verb Word forms scrape : present tense I/you/we/they scrape he/she/it scrapes present participle scraping past tense scraped past participle scraped * 1) [transitive] to rub a sharp edge or tool against a surface You ll have to …   English dictionary

  • scrape along — v. (D; intr.) to scrape along on, with (to scrape along on a small salary) * * * with (to scrape along on a small salary) (D; intr.) to scrape along on …   Combinatory dictionary