scratch out a living

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of scratch out a living

US
: to earn barely enough money to live
  • He scratched out a living as a farmer.

Word by Word Definitions

scratch play
  1. : to scrape or dig with the claws or nails

  2. : to rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or jagged

  3. : to scrape or rub lightly (as to relieve itching)

  1. : a mark or injury produced by scratching

  2. : scrawl, scribble

  3. : the sound made by scratching

  1. : arranged or put together with little selection : haphazard

  2. : made as or used for a tentative effort

  3. : made or done by chance and not as intended

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

living play
  1. : having life

  2. : active, functioning

  3. : exhibiting the life or motion of nature : natural

  1. : the condition of being alive

  2. : means of subsistence : livelihood

  3. : estate, property


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