scrape up

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scrape up

1. To cover someone or something in small cuts or abrasions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrape" and "up." I fell out of the tree and scraped up my knee. The crash scraped me up a bit, but I'm OK otherwise.
2. To remove or gather up something from some surface with rough, forceful strokes. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrape" and "up." I spent about an hour last night scraping dried pizza cheese up off the carpet. I scraped up all the bits of broken glass from the lamp that had fallen on the ground.
3. To pick someone up from some surface, such as the floor or the road, especially when that person seems to be stuck to it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrape" and "up." I passed out after drinking at the party until 6 AM, and my friends had to scrape me up off the floor the next morning. Emergency workers were scraping up people from the road after the accident.
4. To find and gather or collect things or people from various sources or locations. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrape" and "up." I managed to scrape up enough cash to get a bus out to Vancouver to see my girlfriend this weekend. How are we ever going to scrape enough people up to form a team by this weekend?
See also: scrape, up