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scratch (someone or something) together

To find and gather or collect (things or people) from various sources or locations. I managed to scratch together enough cash to get a bus out to Vancouver to see my girlfriend this weekend. How are we ever going to scratch enough people together to form a team by this weekend?
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If you can scratch together pounds 15k, you could buy yourself a 98R AMG E55 which has its steering wheel on the right-hand side, with even more performance and better resale value.
I remember Newport did not have two ha'pennies to scratch together.
At the time we had two small children (my ex-wife and I) and could barely scratch together the truck rental fee.
asked astonished first-time buyers, struggling to scratch together a deposit and scouring regeneration areas for anything under pounds 100,000.
With only a fistful of loose change it became apparent that she was not able to scratch together the requisite.
They did manage to scratch together five hits against Colon, who otherwise was so dominating he made the Angels look like bewildered Little Leaguers.
This time we've had to rely on players with Welsh grandparents to scratch together a side.
Then my brother, a serial inventor who barely has two nickels to scratch together, used LegalZoom to file a patent for one of his inventions.
Even in the safety of Lebanon, life was far from easy for Ahmad, who had to somehow scratch together $150 (Dh550,950) a month to rent a bare room.
He has introduced rubber-limbed Jamaican raider Ricardo Fuller to the Scottish game, but agonises that he is finding it impossible to scratch together the pounds 1 million that is required to make the deal permanent.
Total winnings of $1 million are possible, but tonight's contestants manage to scratch together a mere fraction of that, earning Robinson's brittle scorn: ``We have tried very hard to give you money tonight,'' she scolds the players.