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scrape by/along

verb uk phrasal verb with scrape   /skreɪp/ us  
to manage to live when you do not have enough money and other necessary things: He lost his job, so the family had to scrape along on £95 a week. to manage with difficulty to get a successful result or to reach an acceptable standard: I only learned Spanish for a year but I can just scrape by in most situations.
Translations of “scrape by/along”
in Chinese (Traditional) 勉強維持生計, 艱難成功, 勉強達到標準…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勉强维持生计, 艰难成功, 勉强达到标准…
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