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English definition of “scrape by/along”

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.
(Definition of scrape by/along from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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