Scrape

Definition of Scrape

Pronunciation: skrāp
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Scraped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scraping.]
2.To remove by rubbing or scraping (in the sense above).
I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.
- Ezek. xxvi. 4.
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.
The prelatical party complained that, to swell a number the nonconformists did not choose, but scrape, subscribers.
- Fuller.
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.
To scrape acquaintance
to seek acquaintance otherwise than by an introduction.
- Farquhar.
He tried to scrape acquaintance with her, but failed ignominiously.
- G. W. Cable.
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.
2.To occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich.
3.To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument.
4.To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
n.1.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.
2.A drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment.
3.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.
The too eager pursuit of this his old enemy through thick and thin has led him into many of these scrapes.
- Bp. Warburton.

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