[ US /ˈskɹeɪp/ ]
[ UK /skɹˈe‍ɪp/ ]
  1. bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
    The boy skinned his knee when he fell
  2. cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
  3. make by scraping
    They scraped a letter into the stone
  4. gather (money or other resources) together over time
    they scratched a meager living
    She had scraped together enough money for college
  5. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
  6. scratch repeatedly
    The cat scraped at the armchair
  1. an indication of damage
  2. an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
  3. a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)
    all that bowing and scraping did not impress him
  4. a harsh noise made by scraping
    the scrape of violin bows distracted her
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How To Use scrape In A Sentence

  • As for bridges, fairground rides, aeroplanes and indeed absurdly altitudinous skyscrapers that move perceptibly in the breeze - not fine. Times, Sunday Times
  • So in the end they could only scrape through 1-0 with a goal by the ever inventive and adroit Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp.
  • Like a widening conveyer belt it scraped away more and more of the hillsides and carried off the debris.
  • The city was overcrowded with tall skyscrapers and noisy vehicles of all sorts.
  • Kate Winslet, cast before she played Marianne, wears no makeup and her hair is scraped back into an unbecoming bun.
  • Four people were gored and several others sustained scrapes and cuts yesterday as large crowds of enthusiasts in the Spanish city of Pamplona ran alongside six fighting bulls in the third bull run of the annual San Fermin festival.
  • Every time I can scrape a few quid together, I smack 'em straight into the premium bonds.
  • Even as a child I had heard what a monadnock was - a huge lump of rock rising above rolling forests, a big hunk scraped bare but still left after the icecap had gone back.
  • Once the cut has been made, scrape the inside using an old spoon to remove all the seeds and membrane attached to the sides and bottom of the gourd.
  • As the sun sets on the skyscrapers, neon lights hug the outsides of the buildings, making the skyline look as impressive at night as it does during the day.
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