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Scrape up   /skreɪp əp/   Listen
Scrape up

Gather (money or other resources) together over time.  Synonyms: come up, scrape, scratch.  "They scratched a meager living"

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"Scrape up" Quotes from Famous Books

... were the hiss of the waters and the steady creaking of the oar. Several times we turned corners, for I heard the long, sad cry which these gondoliers give when they wish to warn their fellows that they are coming. At last, after a considerable journey, I felt the side of the boat scrape up against a landing-place. The fellow knocked three times with his oar upon wood, and in answer to his summons I heard the rasping of bars and the turning of keys. A great door creaked ...
— The Adventures of Gerard • Arthur Conan Doyle

... Schofield and Connolly, they're the real sinners, Michael—the fellows who can't make up their minds to be one thing or the other ('artists of considerable abilities'—ha! ha!).... Of course you know Maschka's going to marry that chap? What'll they do, do you think? He'll scrape up a few pounds out of the stew where I find thousands, marry her, and they'll set up a salon and talk the stuff the chairs talked that night, you remember!... But you wait until I finish ...
— Widdershins • Oliver Onions

... their high and honourable position down into the lowest depths of human depravity, and scrape up a decision like this, are wholly unworthy the confidence of any people. I believe such men would, if they had the power, and were it to their temporal interest, sell their country's independence, and barter away every man's birthright for a ...
— Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom • William and Ellen Craft

Words linked to "Scrape up" :   roll up, compile, scratch, amass, accumulate, collect, hoard, nickel-and-dime, pile up

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