scrape by

phrasal verb
scraped by; scraping by; scrapes by

Definition of scrape by

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

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“Scrape by.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrape%20by. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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