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scrap

noun (1)

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1 an unused or unwanted piece or item typically of small size or value
  • only a scrap of silk was left on the sewing table after they had finished the project

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2 a broken or irregular part of something that often remains incomplete
  • a scrap of paper fluttered to the floor

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4 discarded or useless material
  • the rest of this stuff is just scrap, so sweep it up and throw it away

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scrap

noun (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of scrap (Entry 2 of 4)

1 an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions
  • the state legislature's annual scrap over the budget

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2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups
  • several drunken revelers were involved in a scrap outside of the nightclub

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scrap

verb (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of scrap (Entry 3 of 4)

to express different opinions about something often angrily
  • the young couple often scrapped about money and their very disparate spending habits

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scrap

verb (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of scrap (Entry 4 of 4)

1 to get rid of as useless or unwanted
  • we've decided to scrap the second car

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2 to put an end to (something planned or previously agreed to)
  • we scrapped our plans to go to Paris, and set out the next day for Prague

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Frequently Asked Questions About scrap

How is the word scrap different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of scrap are cast, discard, junk, shed, and slough. While all these words mean "to get rid of," scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form.

scrap all the old ways

would junk our educational system

When can cast be used instead of scrap?

In some situations, the words cast and scrap are roughly equivalent. However, cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation.

cast off her friends

When could discard be used to replace scrap?

While the synonyms discard and scrap are close in meaning, discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless.

discard old clothes

How are the words shed and slough related as synonyms of scrap?

Shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster.

shed a bad habit

finally sloughed off the depression

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The first known use of scrap was in the 14th century

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“Scrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/scrap. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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