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



    BrE BrE//skreɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skreɪp//
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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 scrapes and bruises.
  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)
  6. Word OriginOld English scrapian ‘scratch with the fingernails’, of Germanic origin, reinforced in Middle English by Old Norse skrapa or Middle Dutch schrapen ‘to scratch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scrape