Synonyms of scrape in English:


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1‘the men only had to scrape the ship and overhaul her rigging’

abrade, grate, sand, sandpaper, scour, scratch, rub, file, rasp

2‘she scraped the earth back and saw something blue buried there’

rake, drag, push, brush, sweep

3‘their boots scraped along the floor’

grate, creak, grind, jar, rasp, scratch, drag, rub, squeak, screech, grit, set someone's teeth on edge

4‘the stag first scrapes a hole in the ground’

scoop out, hollow out, dig out, dig, excavate, gouge out, quarry, make

5‘Ellen had scraped her shins on the wall’

graze, scratch, abrade, scuff, rasp, skin, rub raw, cut, lacerate, bark, chafe, strip, flay, wound
technical excoriate


1‘he heard the scrape of a stool being dragged across the floor’

grate, grating, creak, creaking, grind, grinding, jar, jarring, rasp, rasping, scratch, scratching, rub, rubbing, squeak, squeaking, screech, screeching

2‘the shopkeeper sustained scrapes to his knee and hand in the struggle’

graze, scratch, abrasion, cut, laceration, wound

3‘he's always getting into scrapes because he trusts the wrong people’

predicament, plight, tight corner, tight spot, ticklish situation, tricky situation, problem, quandary, dilemma, crisis, mess, muddle
informal jam, fix, stew, bind, hole, hot water, a fine kettle of fish, a pretty kettle of fish
British informal spot of bother
trouble, difficulty, straits, desperate straits, dire straits, distress


    scrape something together

    ‘we scraped together enough coins to buy some tea’

    collect, amass, gather, rake together, rake up, dredge up, get hold of, raise, muster, accumulate, build up
    scrape by

    ‘students have to scrape by on an inadequate grant’

    manage, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through, scrape along, make ends meet, get along, get by, make do, manage to live with difficulty, barely manage to live, scarcely manage to live, barely have enough to live on, scarcely have enough to live on, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, scrimp, scrape a living
    informal make out
    scrape through

    ‘he managed to scrape through the exam’

    just pass, pass and no more, pass by a narrow margin, just succeed in, narrowly achieve