scratch (someone or something) together

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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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4 million, more than double what the LFC and the LFDVA previously managed to scratch together between them).
This time we've had to rely on players with Welsh grandparents to scratch together a side.
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.