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scrape  audio  (skrp) KEY 

VERB:
scraped, scrap·ing, scrapes
VERB:
tr.
  1. To remove (an outer layer, for example) from a surface by forceful strokes of an edged or rough instrument: scraped the wallpaper off before painting the wall.
  2. To abrade or smooth by rubbing with a sharp or rough instrument.
  3. To rub (a surface) with considerable pressure, as with an edged instrument or a hard object.
  4. To draw (a hard or abrasive object) forcefully over a surface: scraped my fingernails down the blackboard.
  5. To injure the surface of by rubbing against something rough or sharp: scraped my knee on the sidewalk.
  6. To amass or produce with difficulty: scrape together some cash.
VERB:
intr.
  1. To come into sliding, abrasive contact.
  2. To rub or move with a harsh grating noise.
  3. To give forth a harsh grating noise.
  4. To economize or save money by paying attention to very small amounts; scrimp.
  5. To succeed or manage with difficulty: scraped through by a narrow margin.
NOUN:
    1. The act of scraping.
    2. The sound of scraping.
  1. An abrasion on the skin.
    1. An embarrassing predicament.
    2. A fight; a scuffle.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English scrapen, from Old Norse skrapa; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots


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