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verb British English pronunciation: scrape /skreɪp/ 
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I/you/we/theyscrape
he/she/itscrapes
present participlescraping
past tensescraped
past participlescraped
  1. 1
    [transitive] to rub a sharp edge or tool against a surface

    You'll have to scrape the walls before you paint them.

    1. a.
      to remove something by pulling a hard tool across the surface it is on
      scrape something off/into/onto/out of etc (something):

      Scrape the mud off your boots before you come inside.

      I scraped the bits of meat into the dog's bowl.

      The bottle's label had been scraped away.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a sharp edge or point scrapes a surface, or if you scrape it across the surface, it moves across the surface
    scrape against/across/along etc something:

    He felt the knife blade scrape against the back of his neck.

    scrape something against/across/along etc something:

    She scraped her nails along the blackboard.

    scrape at:

    Twigs scraped at my legs.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to injure a part of your body or damage something by rubbing it against a rough surface

    I scraped my elbow when I fell over.

    He scraped his van while he was parking it.

  4. 5
    [transitive] computing to use a computer program to copy data from a website
    scrape from:

    We have sophisticated tools that enable you to scrape data from the most complex websites.

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