scrape along


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scrape along

1. To manage to survive or narrowly meet all of one's living requirements, despite having limited funds or resources. After John lost his job, we've had to scrape along on what's left of our savings. When I was on college, I scraped along with what I could earn as a part-time line cook.
2. To barely succeed or accomplish something by reaching a minimal or base level of acceptability. A: "Did you pass the test?" B: "Yeah, I managed to scrape along, but I was hoping to do better." Surprising many, the reigning champion only managed to scrape along with a 16-15 victory in the qualifying round.
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scrape along (on something)

 and scrape along (with something)
to manage just to get along with a minimum amount of something. We can just scrape along on the money I earn from my sewing. Do you think you can scrape along with just $400 per month?
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scrape along

v.
1. To succeed just barely in managing or surviving, especially despite severely limited resources: We scraped along on very little income until I could find work.
2. To succeed or manage at a level of minimal acceptability: The parents were concerned that their child was just scraping along.
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In other words, a scrape along the edge of an open field (which was probably made randomly at night) is not what you're looking for.
When they had all left the house, she pulled her T-shirt up to show me the most awful scrape along her ribs.
If Mr Davies feels that he cannot possibly scrape along on pounds 184,000, then perhaps he would like to join the ranks of the unemployed.
He began to scrape along the barrier on the grass verge - one of his tyres collided with a concrete block.
Remember, you want the bristles to be low enough to prevent air breezing past, but not so low they scrape along the floor and make it difficult to open and shut.
It proved they can scrape along when their backs are against the wall, turn things around and claim the kind of results they'll need come the tense, hot nights of France 98.