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"scrape" in British English

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scrapeverb

uk   us   /skreɪp/

scrape verb (REMOVE)

[T] to ​remove an ​unwantedcovering or a ​toplayer from something, ​especially using a ​sharpedge or something ​rough: [+ obj + adj ] Scrape ​yourbootsclean before you come in. We'll have to scrape the ​snow off the ​car before we go out in it. Emily scraped away the ​deadleaves to ​reveal the ​tinyshoot of a new ​plant.

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.

scrape verb (SUCCEED)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​succeed in getting or ​achieving something, but with ​difficulty or by a very ​smallamount: Her ​grades weren't ​great, but she scraped intouniversity.

scrapenoun

uk   us   /skreɪp/

scrape noun (SITUATION)

[C] informal a ​difficult or ​slightlydangeroussituation that you ​cause by ​your own ​sillybehaviour: She's always getting intosilly scrapes - I ​wish she'd ​think before she does things. He had a ​couple of scrapes with the ​police and ​ended up in ​court.

scrape noun (RUB)

[C or U] a ​slightinjury or an ​unpleasantnoiseproduced by ​rubbing against a ​surface: "It's just a scrape," said the ​boylooking down at his ​bleedingknee. I ​hate the scrape of ​chalk on a ​blackboard.
(Definition of scrape from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scrape" in American English

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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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