scratch (someone or something) up

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scratch (someone or something) up

1. To damage the surface of something or someone's skin with scratches. Those prickly bushes by the fence really scratched me up. Who scratched my car up? I know it didn't look like this the last time I drove it!
2. To find and gather or collect (things or people) from various sources or locations. I managed to scratch up enough cash to get a bus out to Vancouver to see my girlfriend this weekend. How are we ever going to scratch enough people up to form a team by this weekend?
See also: scratch, up