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scrape

Synonyms of scrape in English:

verb

  • 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
    1
    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
    2
    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
    3
    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

    noun

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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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