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scrape (v.)

early 13c., probably from Old Norse skrapa "to scrape, erase," from Proto-Germanic *skrapojan (source also of Old English scrapian "to scrape," Dutch schrapen, German schrappen), from PIE *skerb-, extension of root *sker- (1) "to cut." Meaning "gather by great effort, collect with difficulty" is from 1540s. Related: Scraped; scraping. To scrape the bottom of the barrel in figurative sense is from 1942, in reference to U.S. employers facing worker shortages during the war.

scrape (n.)

mid-15c., "a scraping instrument;" late 15c., "act of scraping or scratching," from scrape (v.). Meaning "a shave" is slang from 1859. Meaning "embarrassing or awkward predicament" is recorded from 1709, as OED suggests, "probably from the notion of being 'scraped' in going through a narrow passage."

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Definitions of scrape from WordNet
1
scrape (v.)
scratch repeatedly;
The cat scraped at the armchair
Synonyms: grate
scrape (v.)
make by scraping;
They scraped a letter into the stone
scrape (v.)
cut the surface of; wear away the surface of;
Synonyms: scratch / scratch up
scrape (v.)
bend the knees and bow in a servile manner;
Synonyms: kowtow / genuflect
scrape (v.)
gather (money or other resources) together over time;
She had scraped together enough money for college
Synonyms: scrape up / scratch / come up
scrape (v.)
bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of;
Synonyms: skin
2
scrape (n.)
a harsh noise made by scraping;
the scrape of violin bows distracted her
Synonyms: scraping / scratch / scratching
scrape (n.)
an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off;
scrape (n.)
a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility);
Synonyms: scraping
scrape (n.)
an indication of damage;
Synonyms: scratch / scar / mark
From wordnet.princeton.edu