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scrapeverb

uk   us   /skreɪp/
  • scrape verb (RUB)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause to) ​rub against a ​surface so that ​slightdamage or an ​unpleasantnoise is ​produced: Jackie ​fell over and scraped her ​knee (on the ​pavement). I was ​woken up by the ​noise of ​branches scraping against my ​bedroomwindow.

scrapenoun

uk   us   /skreɪp/
(Definition of scrape from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scrapeverb [I/T]

 us   /skreɪp/
to ​remove something by ​rubbing something ​rough or ​sharp against it, or to ​rubpart of ​yourbody against something ​rough that ​tears away or ​injuresyourskin: [T] Jackie scraped her ​knee on the ​wall as she was ​climbing over it. [T] Sheila scraped the ​snow off the ​windshield of her ​car. [I] The ​metalgate scraped along the ​ground when I ​opened it.

scrapenoun [C]

 us   /skreɪp/
a ​slightinjury caused by having ​yourskinrubbed against something ​rough: She had a few scrapes from the ​accident in the ​parking lot, but nothing ​serious. infml A scrape is also a ​difficultsituation that you are in because of ​your own ​actions: Oh, he’s had a few scrapes with the ​law when he was ​younger, but he’s ​straightened his ​life out now.
(Definition of scrape from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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