scrape by - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyscrape by
he/she/itscrapes by
present participlescraping by
past tensescraped by
past participlescraped by
  1. to have enough money to pay for the things that you really need in order to live, but no more

    She just manages to scrape by on her teacher’s salary.

See also main entry: scrape