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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But, while the funds have been scratched together from special budgets and local businesses around Sefton Park, who gave pounds 30,000, it is difficult for the council to spend its regular maintenance budgets on the work because the road is unadopted.
So you have lots of vintage tunes chopped up and mixed and scratched together at Yoda's usual frenetic pace.
What might have been better would have been for a chamber-orchestra to have been scratched together from alumni of the last half-century, rehearsed on the afternoon by Professor Colin Timms, and to have given us, say, a Handel concerto grosso, a Mozart divertimento, and the Serenade for Strings by Elgar, first Prof of the Music Department.
All for apathy-inducing amounts of money - by next week's episode, they haven't even scratched together enough for an '80s-style cocaine binge of the sort stars enjoyed when many of the participants were last popular.
Peter Taylor was sacked by September, Leicester scratched together 28 points and came last in the Premiership before being placed in administration for several months.
In four other knocks Tendulkar, who has had to come to terms with the recent death of his father, has scratched together a mere 52 runs.