scrape by

phrasal verb

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

Examples of scrape by in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Longhorns received three first-place votes and the Seminoles got one. After scraping by South Florida on Saturday, Alabama (2-1) saw its streak of consecutive AP poll appearances ranked in the top 10 snapped at 128. Ralph D. Russo, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 The Crimson Tide were a mess early in the year, getting manhandled at home by Texas and barely scraping by South Florida. Paul Newberry, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 The bottom line is that the Texans were scraping by mediocre opponents while the Ravens were smashing some of the league’s best teams. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 8 Jan. 2024 And plenty of publishers have now taken steps to prevent their websites from being freely scraped by web crawlers. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 But statistics on jobs filled don’t tell the whole story of people barely scraping by in multiple jobs, underemployed after a career derailment or pushed into retirement against their will. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Ron DeSantis had the most to lose and just scraped by Tuesday, finishing slightly ahead of Nikki Haley in Iowa’s Republican presidential nominating caucuses. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 Living with just her three youngest now, the mother must put them all to work in order to just scrape by. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 8 Dec. 2023 California Under the 10 Freeway: Immigrant businesses scraped by while landlord dodged Caltrans Nov. 15, 2023 There is precedent for such freeway repair and reconstruction projects coming in ahead of schedule. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023

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“Scrape by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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