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American English: /skreɪp/
British English: /skreɪp/

Translation of scrape in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (act) to give raspasomething a scrape
    raspar algo
    1.2 (sound)
    Example sentences
    • The second movement begins with percussion sounds (cymbal scrapes and maracas).
    • Passing under the breezeways, there was no sound but the scrape of plastic and concrete, twine and dry skin.
    • The whole mess was eerily silent, the only sound the scrape of spoons.
  • 2 (predicament) [colloquial]
    lío (masculine) [colloquial]
    to get into a scrape
    meterse en un lío [colloquial]
    they helped me out of a scrape
    me sacaron de un apuro
    me sacaron de un lío [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • For Mr Morgan, it may provide the toughest test yet of his durability as Mirror editor following a series of difficult scrapes.
    • Thus small-time con man Moss gets mixed up with real villains and, predictably, blackly comic scrapes ensue.
    • He has a fortunate knack of emerging victorious from difficult scrapes.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (rub against)
    (grate against) rascar
    it just scraped the surface
    apenas rozó la superficie
    he scraped the bow across the strings
    rascó las cuerdas con el arco
    don't scrape your chair on the floor
    no arrastres la silla
    Example sentences
    • Kent slapped the cuffs on both of us, and then tugged cruelly on them, making them scrape against our skin.
    • Her chin scraped against the rough bark of a fallen tree trunk and her arm twisted painfully beneath her.
    • She felt herself being caught and held, her cheek scraping against the rough concrete as he pulled her upwards.
    Example sentences
    • Kael looked up at the sound of the chair scraping back along the ground.
    • Josephine nodded in my direction and I heard the sound of a chair scraping against the wooden floor.
    • The van's sliding door scraped open and three kids got out; a boy and a girl in their early teens, and another boy a few years younger.
    1.2 (damage, graze)
  • 2 2.1 (clean)
    to scrape something off or from somethingscrape the mud off your boots
    quítales el barro a las botas (con un cuchillo, contra una piedra etc)
    she scraped the mold off the cheese
    raspó el moho del queso
    he scraped away the layer of varnish
    le quitó la capa de barniz raspando or rasqueteando
    Example sentences
    • Select a material for the porous dam that can be easily cleaned by scraping the surface.
    • Dip your brush lightly, scrape one side clean, then push a small blob of paint carefully along in front of the brush, like a bow wave in front of a boat.
    • Simply scrape the surface of the carrots with the blade of a sharp knife - and it wastes less carrot, too.

    scrape (out)

    he scraped the plate clean
    rebañó el plato
    dejó el plato limpio
    Example sentences
    • We drove along a barely made road that petered out into a dirt track scraped out of the red sandy soil.
    • Elsewhere in Sri Lanka, residents took on burial efforts with forks or even bare hands to scrape a final resting place for victims.
  • 3 (narrowly achieve) to scrape a pass
    aprobar raspando or arañando
    to scrape a majority
    apenas alcanzar una escasa mayoría

intransitive verb

  • 1 (rub, grate)
    (make a noise) chirriar
    the roof scraped against the bridge
    el techo rozó el puente
  • 2 2.1 (manage with difficulty) the car barely scraped past the oncoming truck
    el coche pasó casi rozando el camión que venía
    the team scraped home
    el equipo ganó por los pelos or por un pelo [colloquial]
    2.2 (save)
    hacer economías
    Example sentences
    • I scrimped and scraped to get everything they wanted.
    • When she was their age, she thinks, we had to scrimp and scrape for soap.
    • In reality it is a country sharply divided between a privileged segment of society and millions of workers and middle class people scraping ever harder to make a living.

Phrasal verbs

scrape along

verb + adverb
we barely manage to scrape along
apenas nos alcanza para vivir
they scraped along on their pension
se las arreglaban como podían con su pensión

scrape by

verb + adverb
he hadn't studied for the exam, but he scraped by
no había estudiado para el examen, pero se las arregló para aprobar raspando

scrape in

verb + adverb
the party scraped in
el partido ganó raspando
el partido ganó por los pelos [colloquial]
el partido ganó por un pelo [colloquial]

scrape through

verb + adverb, verb + preposition + object
aprobar raspando
aprobar arañando (Uruguay)
aprobar por los pelos or por un pelo [colloquial]
the team scraped through into the semi-finals
el equipo pasó a las semifinales por los pelos or por un pelo [colloquial]

scrape together

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
juntar or reunir a duras penas
conseguir (con dificultad)

scrape up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
quitar raspando
juntar or reunir a duras penas
conseguir (con dificultad)
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