scrape together

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scrape someone or something together

 and scrape someone or something up
Fig. to find and collect something; to locate and assemble a group of people or things. (Based on scrape something up.) Fm sure we can scrape up someone for the job. Mary scraped a few dollars together for some new books. John barely scraped up enough money to pay his rent.
See also: scrape, together

scrape something together

to gather things together by scraping. The waiter scraped all the crumbs together and removed them from the table with a little gadget. Karen scraped together all the trimmings and set them aside.
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scrape together something

also scrape something together
to gather something that is not easily available, esp. money He managed to scrape together $20 for the train and came back home. Many immigrants have difficulty scraping enough money together for the application.
Usage notes: also in the form scrape up something: Somehow these families managed to scrape up the tuition fee.
Related vocabulary: scare up something
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scrape together

To accumulate or produce something with difficulty: We scraped together just enough cash to pay for the pizza. The kitchen was so empty that we could barely scrape a meal together.
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But after XL went bust last Friday, she was forced to scrape together the extra money.
Meanwhile, those of us who exist on one state pension and whatever we can scrape together must watch while the fiddlers fiddle and the trust in politicians burns.
If they can scrape together a down payment and get the loan, then they'll buy.
He said: 'I managed to scrape together the rest of the money and pay it off so we picked the gown up from the auction house yesterday - we've got it safe.
The majority of fans struggle to scrape together enough for a season ticket -- and that's after paying for the mortgage, bills, taxes and kids
Loach is hoping for success with Sweet Sixteen, in which a hard-up teenager whose mother is in prison tries to scrape together the money to buy a caravan so his family can start a better life.
To maintain health coverage for her entire family, including her husband Harley, an art instructor at a local university, Goode would have to somehow scrape together $500 a month.
The equity has managed to scrape together a move higher in recent weeks.
But girls will only manage to scrape together PS22.
A 2-0 triumph home success over Stockport County last Saturday, on the back of the 3-2 win at Wycombe, meant that, in two games, the Saddlers garnered a six-point haul which in leaner times can take a more or month to scrape together.
SETANTA last night were clinging to a slim hope they could scrape together the pounds 3million owed to the SPL and keep themselves alive.
Councilman Dennis Zine stated, ``Here we are, as a council, trying to scrape together money to hire police officers and firefighters, to keep parks open, and we are wasting almost $2 million to install tanks we could never use and now to remove them.
CHESTER City manager Ian Rush managed to scrape together a 17-man squad for this afternoon's trip to Cambridge but made up the numbers with YTS and reserves.
The black market trade in fake European IDs and P45s not only criminalises many of these people but fleeces them of hundreds of Euro that often takes them years to scrape together.
Unfortunately I can't see this happening in the short term unless we somehow sell someone in January (not Rooney) and scrape together enough pennies to buy someone decent.