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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?
See also: scrape, together
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.
See also: scrape, together

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.
See also: scrape, together
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

scrape together

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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