Definition of scrap noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skræp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skræp//
    The car industry
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  1. 1[countable] a small piece of something, especially paper, cloth, etc. She scribbled his phone number on a scrap of paper. (figurative) scraps of information (figurative) She was just a scrap of a thing (= small and thin).
  2. 2[singular] (usually with a negative) a small amount of something synonym bit It won't make a scrap of difference. There's not a scrap of evidence to support his claim. a barren landscape without a scrap of vegetation
  3. 3scraps [plural] food left after a meal Give the scraps to the dog.
  4. 4[uncountable] things that are not wanted or cannot be used for their original purpose, but which have some value for the material they are made of We sold the car for scrap (= so that any good parts can be used again). scrap metal a scrap dealer (= a person who buys and sells scrap) See related entries: The car industry
  5. 5[countable] (informal) a short fight or disagreement synonym squabble, scuffle He was always getting into scraps at school.
  6. see also scrappy
    Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 late Middle English (as a plural noun denoting fragments of uneaten food): from Old Norse skrap ‘scraps’; related to skrapa ‘to scrape’. The verb dates from the late 19th cent. noun sense 5 late 17th cent. (as a noun in the sense ‘sinister plot, scheme’): perhaps from the noun scrape.Extra examples He ate every last scrap of the food. He had a bit of a scrap with the boy next door. He looks like he’s been in a scrap. He removed the last scraps of food from his plate. My first computer has been consigned to the scrap heap. Police estimate the scrap value of the lead at around £8 000. She scribbled the address on a little scrap of paper. The engine has been sold for scrap. The pigs are fed on food scraps. The scrap value of the car is around $200. I got the doors from a scrap merchant. She was just a scrap of a thing. Some of the women were wearing scraps of cloth in their hair. We need to check every scrap of information that might give us a clue as to what happened. We sold the car for scrap. scrap metal/​iron
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