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scrape together

1. To gather something together from some surface with rough, forceful strokes. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrape" and "together." I scraped together all the bits of broken glass from the lamp that had fallen on the ground.
2. 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 together enough cash to get a bus out to Vancouver to see my girlfriend this weekend. How are we ever going to scrape enough people together to form a team by this weekend?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scrape someone or something together

 and scrape someone or something up
Fig. to find and collect something; to locate and assemble a group of people or things. (Based on scrape something up.) Fm sure we can scrape up someone for the job. Mary scraped a few dollars together for some new books. John barely scraped up enough money to pay his rent.
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scrape something together

to gather things together by scraping. The waiter scraped all the crumbs together and removed them from the table with a little gadget. Karen scraped together all the trimmings and set them aside.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

scrape together

v.
To accumulate or produce something with difficulty: We scraped together just enough cash to pay for the pizza. The kitchen was so empty that we could barely scrape a meal together.
See also: scrape, together
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The batting managed to scrape something together. We should have gone past a par score but ended up scraping to that." Morgan and Root put England on target to reach 300 but veteran paceman Lasith Malinga took critical wickets at the start and in the lower order to finish on five for 44 on the tricky Dambulla pitch.
We didn't have enough for our tab but we always managed to scrape something together for the aperitifs and the latest work by the poet we chose to mock for the moment.
We didn't have enough for our buttbill but we always managed to scrape something together for the poop and the latest piss by the poet we chose to mock for the moment.