scrap·​per | \ ˈskra-pər How to pronounce scrapper (audio) \

Definition of scrapper

: fighter, quarreler also : a fierce competitor

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Examples of scrapper in a Sentence

both movie critics are real scrappers, so their on-air discussions of the latest releases are often heated

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Over the years, a number of Pacific war wrecks have been looted or disappeared completely, the victim of black market scrappers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 But that's primarily the work for scrappers, not the military. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Military's Painstaking Guide to Cutting Its Own Weapons In Half," 6 Dec. 2016 Thin, white-haired Allan Hill, who lives in a section of the complex, takes Bourdain on a tour while talking about the plant’s history, the cars once made there, the scrappers who stripped it and the urban explorers who come there now. Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press, "Flashback: Anthony Bourdain visits Detroit for 'Parts Unknown'," 8 June 2018 But graffiti artists, urban explorers and scrappers found ways to invade the depot and do incalculable damage. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station was a place where memories were made," 12 June 2018 That wasn't representative of a Pelicans' backcourt that has a serious All-Defensive First Team candidate in Jrue Holiday and an all-around veteran scrapper in Rajon Rondo., "Trail Blazers links: How Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans have doomed Portland," 18 Apr. 2018 Many have been vandalized by scrappers and are neighborhood eyesores. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "IRS forgives most of Gary schools' $8.4 million tax problem, freeing vacant schools for sale," 11 Apr. 2018 As a kid in a dismal Soviet communal apartment, Vladimir Putin was a scrapper who dreamed of being an operator — diligently training in martial arts and boldly walking into a KGB office to inquire about how to become a spy. Fox News, "Vladimir Putin's power: From mean streets to Kremlin," 17 Mar. 2018 The 5-foot-11 scrapper out of Springboro is still referred to in stories of Moeller basketball. Scott Springer,, "Glory Days: Ex-Moeller star Alex Barlow now works with the Boston Celtics," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of scrapper

1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of scrapper

chiefly US, informal : a person who fights or struggles against something or to do something

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