scrape along


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scrape along (on something)

 and scrape along (with something)
to manage just to get along with a minimum amount of something. We can just scrape along on the money I earn from my sewing. Do you think you can scrape along with just $400 per month?
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scrape along

v.
1. To succeed just barely in managing or surviving, especially despite severely limited resources: We scraped along on very little income until I could find work.
2. To succeed or manage at a level of minimal acceptability: The parents were concerned that their child was just scraping along.
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If the woman was married, she just had the child, and they somehow managed to scrape along, .
Evolution will have the last say, however, as our arms grow longer and more ape-like from dragging our purchases across the acres of shop floors and our knuckles scrape along the marble cladding.
Using a rubber spatula, scrape along bottom of bowl.
When this happens you can't put too much weight in the back of the car or it will scrape along the ground.
When they had all left the house, she pulled her T-shirt up to show me the most awful scrape along her ribs.
If Mr Davies feels that he cannot possibly scrape along on pounds 184,000, then perhaps he would like to join the ranks of the unemployed.