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Definition of scrape noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] the action or unpleasant sound of one thing rubbing roughly against another the scrape of iron on stone She felt the scrape of wall against bare skin. the scrape of chairs being moved
  2. damage
  3. 2[countable] an injury or a mark caused by rubbing against something rough She emerged from the overturned car with only a few cuts and scrapes.
  4. difficult situation
  5. 3[countable] (old-fashioned) a difficult situation that you have caused yourself He was always getting into scrapes as a boy. a scrape with the law (= trouble with the police)
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