scrape by

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scrape by manage one's existence barely "I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"
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Quotations

  • John Milton
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    “Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell.”

Usage

In literature:

Ted's muddy stocking had dried by this time, and he and Jan, using sticks, scraped most of the dirt off.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
Now, however, he did so, warning them by standing up with a clamorous scraping of his feet on the floor.
"No Clue" by James Hay
They'll stick by till we're out of this scrape or in a worse one.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Another application for burns recommended by some, is the scraping of a raw potato, renewed when it feels hot.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
He had been lucky to get out of that scrape so easily, he told himself as he rode by.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
Or warm water might be put on the eruption, and scraped off again by the edge of a lancet.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
This element by itself is decidedly in favor of the deep scrapings, and least in favor of the repeated rakings.
"Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXXII, June, 1911" by E. D. Hardy
Little by little, as the need makes itself felt, the grub scrapes and strips the interior of its cell.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The tricks practised by or upon other school-boys are never mentioned by him; never a practical joke, a lark, a scrape.
"The Countess of Albany" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
Jeremy's light sleep was broken by a scraping sound close by.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
It is treated by incision and scraping, or by excision of the condyle.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
I do not find them by scraping catgut in the Cafe Brasserie Dubois.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
I am sure the great city of Rome can scrape together three thousand florins by tomorrow.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The cream had been secured by Gentian, who had scraped her shins a little in climbing in at the window.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
And the insulation might suddenly be scraped off by something heavy moving across the cord.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
It should always be cleaned before cooking, by scraping it smooth and until it is perfectly white.
"Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Anonymous
Three turns of thread on the bolt projected below the nut, scraped clean of metal by the industrious Mikah.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
They scrape them off by hand; you can get some idea of the relative value of material and human beings.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
By this scrape I have got clear of Ben, and learned a lesson that I won't forget in a hurry.
"Try Again" by Oliver Optic
We scraped the acquaintance of these soldier ants by being severely bitten and stung.
"The Upward Path" by Various
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In poetry:

But alang wi' its sough comes an eerie soun'
They dinna like to hear—
The scrape o' the fiddle, that comes by fits,
Frae the brig sae auld an' drear.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
By Rome's dim relics there walks a man,
Eyes bent; and he carries a basket and spade;
I guess what impels him to scrape and scan;
Yea, his dreams of that Empire long decayed.
"The Roman Gravemounds" by Thomas Hardy
CLARIN. What wonder?
When a thousand times have I
Scraped the earth as if for nuggets,
When a thousand times the wind
By my screeching was perturbed,
And yet Livia was oblivious.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
In midst of waves, there are the silver beads
And scraped by time paints of the white enamel …
I so like the morns which autumn breeds,
For their caress, so short and so gentle.
"Harmony" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
The leaves are all dead on the group,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.
"Reluctance" by Robert Frost
Now here, the best I've got to show,
Made by a righteous cat I know.
Pure acid - it will scrape your brain,
And make it something else again.
Call it heaven, call it hell,
Join me and see the world I sell.
"Street Song" by Thom Gunn

In news:

How do you keep your dignity when you have to scrape and hustle to get by.
D2197 Standard Test Method for Adhesion of Organic Coatings by Scrape Adhesion.
Program that relies on bear-tracking dogs just scraping by.
After the Mob, He's Just Scraping By.
Refugees scraping by in Tyre .
About the best you can hope for is to scrape by.
The composition is punctuated by three enigmatic forms that float in auras where the black ink has been scraped off.
An elderly widowed relative of mine barely scrapes by month-to-month with absolutely nothing left over.
Workers scrape up mud and tiles from flood-damaged Saint Rose High School in Belmar, N.J. Sunday, Nov 4, 2012, as the region tries clean up the damage from Monday's storm surge by Superstorm Sandy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bond yields are scraping along at record lows, but investors keep buying them, valuing the modest, fixed returns they pay over the bigger potential profits offered by stocks.
Bond yields are scraping along at record lows, but investors keep buying them, valuing the modest, fixed returns they pay over the bigger potential profits offered by stocks.
Back in the mid-'70s, I was in that situation in New York, scraping by with some freelance editing.
In true Sherlock Holmes style, he spotted a scraped wheel rim, surrounded by a too-perfect tire and fender.
A) On this Thanksgiving Day, a child will scrape by with barely enough to eat.
He is referring to a scrape, a patch of jungle floor recently cleared by a tiger 's hind paws.
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In science:

Indeed, when the beam is ’scraped’ for about 15 µs right after injection, by temporarily displacing the stored muon beam several millimeters vertically and horizontally in order to force the loss of muons with tra jectories close to the collimators.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory
Figure 1 shows the scraping of the beam periphery by the pot as measured with the BLMs.
Tests of a Roman Pot Prototype for the TOTEM Experiment
It was shown that the scraping efficiency can be increased by one order of magnitude. As a result, the beam-related backgrounds in the CDF and D0 collider detectors can be reduced by a factor of 7 to 14.
Crystal simulations: the road from the SPS to the LHC
We collected data for the study by scraping Digg’s Web pages in May and June 2006.
Using Stochastic Models to Describe and Predict Social Dynamics of Web Users
We followed these stories by periodically scraping Digg to determine the number of votes stories received as a function of the time since their submission.
Using Stochastic Models to Describe and Predict Social Dynamics of Web Users
However, quantitative evaluation of the model was limited by the poor quality of data, which was extracted by scraping Digg’s web pages.
Social Dynamics of Digg
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