scrape by

Definition of scrape by

  1. 1 :  to live with barely enough money :  to be able to buy only the things most needed Money was tight, but we somehow managed to scrape by.

  2. 2 :  to succeed at doing something but just barely He didn't study for the exam and just barely scraped by.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to remove from a surface by usually repeated strokes of an edged instrument

    :  to make (a surface) smooth or clean with strokes of an edged instrument or an abrasive

    :  to grate harshly over or against

  1. :  the act or process of scraping

    :  a sound made by scraping

    :  a mark or injury caused by scraping :  abrasion

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clearly seen through or understood

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