Translation of scrape in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /skreɪp/


  • 1 1.1 (act) to give sth a scrape raspar algo 1.2 (sound) chirrido (masculine)
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    • 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.
  • 3 (British English/inglés británico) [Medicine/Medicina] [colloquial/familiar], legrado (masculine), raspado (masculine) or (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) raspaje (masculine)
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    • 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/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (rub against) rozar*; (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 1.2 (damage, graze) [paintwork] rayar; [knee/elbow] rasparse, rasguñarse
  • 2 2.1 (clean) [toast] raspar; [carrot/potato] pelar; [woodwork] raspar, rascar*, rasquetearto scrape sth off ofrom sth scrape 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 2.2

    scrape (out)

    [bowl/pan] fregar*, restregar*; [hole] escarbar he scraped the plate clean rebañó el plato, dejó el plato limpio
  • 3 (narrowly achieve) to scrape a pass aprobar* raspando or arañando to scrape a majority apenas alcanzar* una escasa mayoría

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (rub, grate) rozar*; (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/familiar] 2.2 (save) hacer* economías, ahorrar

Phrasal verbs

scrape along

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
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/verbo + adverbio
arreglárselas, apañárselas (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] 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/verbo + adverbio
the party scraped in el partido ganó raspando or [colloquial/familiar] por los pelos or por un pelo

scrape through

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio, verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[exam] aprobar* raspando or (Urug) arañando or [colloquial/familiar] por los pelos or por un pelo the team scraped through into the semi-finals el equipo pasó a las semifinales por los pelos or por un pelo [colloquial/familiar]

scrape together

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[money] juntar or reunir* a duras penas; [support] conseguir* ([ con dificultad ])

scrape up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 [dirt/mud] quitar raspando 1.2 [money] juntar or reunir* a duras penas; [helpers/support] conseguir* ([ con dificultad ])

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