scrape verb

ADV. carefully, gently She carefully scraped away the top layer of paint. | away, back, off I scraped the dirt off.

PREP. against He scraped the car against the garage wall. | along Patrick lifted the gate to prevent it scraping along the ground. | from Her hair was scraped back from her face. | on I scraped my elbow on the wall as I cycled past. | with I scraped the carrots with a knife.

PHRASES scrape sth clean The wood had been scraped clean. PHRASAL VERBS scrape through

ADV. (only) just He only just scraped through his exams.

VERB + SCRAPE manage to The Conservatives managed to scrape through to an election victory.