scrape together something

scrape together something
scrape together (something) to gather something that is not easily available, esp. money.

He managed to scrape together $20 for the train and came back home.

Many immigrants have difficulty scraping enough money together for the application.

Usage notes: also in the form scrape up something:

Somehow these families managed to scrape up the tuition fee.

Related vocabulary: scare up something

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • scrape together — (something) to gather something that is not easily available, esp. money. He managed to scrape together $20 for the train and came back home. Many immigrants have difficulty scraping enough money together for the application. Usage notes: also in …   New idioms dictionary

  • scrape together — ˌscrape to ˈgether ˌscrape ˈup [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they scrape together he/she/it scrapes together present participle …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrape together — phrasal verb scrape together or scrape up [transitive] Word forms scrape together : present tense I/you/we/they scrape together he/she/it scrapes together present participle scraping together past tense scraped together past participle scraped… …   English dictionary

  • scrape — [skrāp] vt. scraped, scraping [ME scrapen < ON skrapa, akin to Du schrapen, OE screpan, to scratch < IE base * (s)ker , to cut > SCURF, SHARP] 1. to rub over the surface of with something rough or sharp 2. to make smooth or clean by… …   English World dictionary

  • scrape something together — ˌscrape sthtoˈgether/ˈup derived to obtain or collect together sth, but with difficulty • We managed to scrape together eight volunteers. Main entry: ↑scrapederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrape something up — ˌscrape sthtoˈgether/ˈup derived to obtain or collect together sth, but with difficulty • We managed to scrape together eight volunteers. Main entry: ↑scrapederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrape — scrape1 [skreıp] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: skrapa] 1.) [T] to remove something from a surface using the edge of a knife, a stick etc ▪ Scrape the carrots and slice them thinly. scrape sth away/off ▪ The earth was scraped away to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scrape — scrape1 [ skreıp ] verb * 1. ) transitive to rub a sharp edge or tool against a surface: You ll have to scrape the walls before you paint them. a ) scrape something off/into/onto/out of etc. (something) to remove something by pulling a hard tool… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scrape — scrapable, adj. scrapeage, n. /skrayp/, v., scraped, scraping, n. v.t. 1. to deprive of or free from an outer layer, adhering matter, etc., or to smooth by drawing or rubbing something, esp. a sharp or rough instrument, over the surface: to… …   Universalium

  • scrape — I UK [skreɪp] / US verb Word forms scrape : present tense I/you/we/they scrape he/she/it scrapes present participle scraping past tense scraped past participle scraped * 1) [transitive] to rub a sharp edge or tool against a surface You ll have to …   English dictionary

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