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.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: the act or process of scraping
: a sound made by scraping
: a mark or injury caused by scraping : abrasion
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