- 1A small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used: I scribbled her address on a scrap of paper scraps of informationMore example sentences
- All of the Security Council resolutions and condemnations would still be issued and still be ignored, scraps of paper amounting to nothing.
- The room fell temporarily silent as the three pieced together all scraps of information.
- He always had a treat for me; a piece of lard, scraps of smoked fish or ham served with a bright smile and a pat on the head.
- 1.1 (scraps) Bits of uneaten food left after a meal, especially when fed to animals: he filled Sammy’s bowls with fresh water and scrapsMore example sentences
- Never leave any food, even leftover scraps or candy bars, around your tent or campfire.
- For the raccoons, he left food scraps in a hubcap dish leashed by chain to a tree so the animals wouldn't drag it under the cottage.
- Remember, baits will only be effective if there is no other accessible food around, for example dirty dishes, food scraps.
- 1.2Used to emphasize the lack or smallness of something: there was not a scrap of aggression in him every scrap of green land is up for grabs by developmentMore example sentences
- No amount of festive tips on the perfect table centrepiece or how to wrap an awkwardly-shaped present will make a scrap of difference.
- Without a scrap of make-up, the chocolate-box prettiness is still there: the clear turquoise eyes, creamy skin and chiselled bone structure are luminous.
- So you have an ethics officer in a department or corporation, but no one will take a scrap of notice of them.
- 1.3 • informal A small person or animal, especially one regarded with affection or sympathy: poor little scrap, she’s too hot in that coatMore example sentences
- She first spotted him asleep on the floor of an Indian Aids orphanage, a tiny scrap dressed only in a T-shirt.
- 1.4A particularly small thing of its kind: she was wearing a short black skirt and a tiny scrap of a topMore example sentences
- Is he referring to the big part where they're growing opium and selling it for weapons, or the tiny scrap our guy holds with a lot of help from our guns?
- Maybe that's why everyone has taken the news to heart - she's such a scrap of a thing that we greet her illness not unlike the wounding of a tiny bird.
- 2 (also scrap metal) Discarded metal for reprocessing: the steamer was eventually sold for scrapMore example sentences
- If all else fails, the cylinders can be recycled as scrap metal at your local metal yard.
- Speer said he was unaware that soldiers were searching landfills for scrap metal and discarded glass.
- Undaunted, he used his welding skills to sculpt an emu from scrap metal and when it sold for £200 he was launched on a new career.
- 2.1 [often as modifier] Any waste articles or discarded material, especially that which can be put to another purpose: we’re burning scrap lumberMore example sentences
- Once you find out they don't fit as planned, prepare to wedge some scrap pieces of material to fill the gaps.
- ‘The event also involved sleeping outside in a ‘refugee camp’ built out of scrap materials.’
- We have worked with a lot of scrap materials, which we have now painted up.
verb (scraps, scrapping, scrapped)[with object] Back to top
- 1Discard or remove from service (a retired, old, or inoperative vehicle, vessel, or machine), especially so as to convert it to scrap metal: the decision was made to scrap the entire fleetMore example sentences
- Fishermen who want to trade up and buy a bigger boat usually scrap their existing vessel and buy extra tonnage from the market.
- I have found after discussions with the dealer that a lot of these old machines are scrapped and thrown out as a profit can no longer be made from them.
- The one-dimensional approach of the Commission's proposals in terms of retraining fishermen and scrapping vessels will destroy fishing communities.
- 1.1Abolish or cancel (something, especially a plan, policy, or law) that is now regarded as unnecessary, unwanted, or unsuitable: the station scrapped plans to televise the contest liveMore example sentences
- Cumbrian gamekeepers and stalkers have embraced Government plans to scrap archaic laws stopping the sale of game all year round.
- Plans to scrap laws which allow parents and patients to sue for billions of pounds worth of compensation were being unveiled by the Tories today.
- Passengers who were expecting to fly buzz routes in April will have to abandon their plans as its new owner Ryanair plans to scrap the schedule.
late Middle English (as a plural noun denoting fragments of uneaten food): from Old Norse skrap 'scraps'; related to skrapa 'to scrape'. The verb dates from the late 19th century.
- A fight or quarrel, especially a minor or spontaneous one.More example sentences
- At the end of a minor classic of a scrap, the judges could barely separate the two fighters.
- ‘On days like this you have to play the elements as well as the opposition, which is why it was a bit of a scrap and fight,’ said the manager.
- At his unhappiest when forced into a scrap, O'Sullivan fought back to go in at the interval all square, but his poor form continued and Henry claimed a deserved win.
verb (scraps, scrapping, scrapped)[no object] Back to top
- 1Engage in a minor fight or quarrel.More example sentences
- At 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, the giant enjoys giving his team momentum boosts by scrapping with defenders.
- In fact, the colony of 3,000 seals is pupping now: weaning their fluffy young, scrapping with their sisters and chasing off marauding bulls keen to get them pregnant again.
- It turns out that it was BNP officials he was scrapping with.
- 1.1Compete fiercely: the talk-show producers are scrapping for similar audiencesMore example sentences
- Inevitably, though, the increased production means everyone will be scrapping for profits as competition heats up.
- Confirmation of Webber's move will trigger another frenzy of deal-making as drivers scrap for the last few available places on the grid.
- Frankly, they'll both be awesome this year - lots of competitive fast bikes scrapping for wins.
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- The Democratic Party is seen as soft and welfare friendly to small town scrappers who feel they've had to fight for all they had.
- There's no doubt the Aussies are better scrappers than most of the other teams and that's seen them in good stead so far.
- You respected him as an unbelievable scrapper with a never-say-die ferocity to play every match as if it was his last.
late 17th century (as a noun in the sense 'sinister plot, scheme'): perhaps from the noun scrape.