scrape away


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scrape away

1. To remove something (from some surface) with or as with the vigorous scrubbing of a rough, sharp, or hard-edged instrument. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrape" and "away." He used a putty knife to scrape away the old paint from the wall. Stop scraping the scab away or you'll end up with a scar!
2. To scrub (something or some surface) vigorously with or as with a rough, sharp, or hard-edged instrument steadily or continuously. I sat there scraping away for nearly an hour, but the rust just wouldn't come off! She's up there scraping away at the gutter, trying to clear out all the moss and gunk that has been building up over the last year.
See also: away, scrape

scrape something away (from something)

to scratch or rasp something off something. Ted scraped the rough places away from the fender he was repairing. Ted scraped away the rough places.
See also: away, scrape
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Scrape away the garlic, herbs and lemon slices and remove any bones from the bottom fillet.
One officer is using what appears to be a pick to scrape away the dried-up soil, while another expert from Alecto Forensics, sits on the mud and looks on, tools at the ready.
Scrape away any furry choke with a teaspoon and then run a lemon half over the hearts so they don't discolour.
Scrape away all the fake ears, noses and dwarf hair and you'll find a host of UK stars in the new Hobbit film trilogy.
Cut the cucumber in half lengthways then, using a teaspoon, scrape away the seeds.
Then turn over each piece and gently scrape away all the charred skin with a small sharp knife.
The workers have had to scrape away snow and ice from the site in June.
British, Australian and French dignitaries joined locals for an on-site ceremony, before a mechanical digger moved in to scrape away the first layers of earth..
Wrapping a patch around a brush to make it fit and using tools to scrape away the fouling is not foolproof.
He said: "They certainly have a very nasty sting, and if anyone is unfortunate enough to be stung, the advice is to use apiece of stick to scrape away any stinging cells left by the creature, and then apply ice."
Despite all the masterful showmanship, when you scrape away the veneer of PR spin, Britain is fundamentally the same place it was 10 years ago.
Be judicious with your scraper and open up hollow patches and scrape away until the wall feels solid.
Never use wire brushes, screwdrivers or knife blades to scrape away dirt or it's bye-bye sight glass.
Each ballot has a scratch foil like that of a lottery ticket, which voters can scrape away to verify that the codes are correct.
Scrape away the hype and you get a game which is good without being spectacular.