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Synonyms of scrape in English:


  • 1 the men only had to scrape the ship and overhaul her rigging
    abrade, grate, sand, sandpaper, scour, scratch, rub, file, rasp
  • 2 she scraped the earth back and saw something blue buried there
    rake, drag, push, brush, sweep
  • 3 their boots scraped along the floor
    grate, creak, grind, jar, rasp, scratch, drag, rub, squeak, screech, grit, set someone's teeth on edge
  • 4 the stag first scrapes a hole in the ground
    scoop out, hollow out, dig out, dig, excavate, gouge out, quarry, make
  • 5 Ellen had scraped her shins on the wall
    graze, scratch, abrade, scuff, rasp, skin, rub raw, cut, lacerate, bark, chafe, strip, flay, wound
    technical excoriate
  • Phrases

    scrape by
    students have to scrape by on an inadequate grant
    manage, cope, survive, muddle through/along, scrape along, make ends meet, get by/along, make do, manage to live with difficulty, barely/scarcely manage to live, barely/scarcely have enough to live on, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, scrimp, scrape a living
    informal make out
    scrape through
    he managed to scrape through the exam
    just pass, pass and no more, pass by a narrow margin, just succeed in, narrowly achieve
    scrape something together
    we scraped together enough coins to buy some tea
    collect, amass, gather, rake together, rake up, dredge up, get hold of, raise, muster, accumulate, build up


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  • 1 he heard the scrape of a stool being dragged across the floor
    grate, grating, creak, creaking, grind, grinding, jar, jarring, rasp, rasping, scratch, scratching, rub, rubbing, squeak, squeaking, screech, screeching
  • 2 the shopkeeper sustained scrapes to his knee and hand in the struggle
  • 3 informal he's always getting into scrapes because he trusts the wrong people
    predicament, plight, tight corner, tight spot, ticklish/tricky situation, problem, quandary, dilemma, crisis, mess, muddle
    British informal spot of bother
    (scrapes) trouble, difficulty, straits, dire/desperate straits, distress
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