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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 through, but I was hoping to do better." Surprising many, the reigning champion only managed to scrape through the qualifying round.
1. Lit. to move through something, scraping or rubbing the sides. The car, going at a very high speed, scraped through the tunnel. It just managed to scrape through.
2. Fig. to get by something just barely; to pass a test just barely. Alice passed the test, but she just scraped through it. I just scraped through my calculus test.
To succeed just barely in getting through something: I didn't get a chance to study, and I barely scraped through the final exam.