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scrape along

1. To manage to survive or narrowly meet all of one's living requirements, despite having limited funds or resources. After John lost his job, we've had to scrape along on what's left of our savings. When I was in college, I scraped along with what I could earn as a part-time line cook.
2. To barely succeed or accomplish something by reaching a minimal or base level of acceptability. A: "Did you pass the test?" B: "Yeah, I managed to scrape along, but I was hoping to do better." Surprising many, the reigning champion only managed to scrape along with a 16-15 victory in the qualifying round.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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 second accident came weeks after he got his Mercedes back, in August 2002, when a car scraped along the side of his vehicle, tore his bumper off, and didn't stop.
The police car, worth pounds 30,000, was badly scraped along its side.
"We were in bed when we heard a noise like a metal skip being scraped along the floor.
"The Shaligar had sustained considerable damage to the deck, railings and rigging which seemed to have been caused by it having scraped along the side of the much bigger ship.
Gary McBride, 15, of West Calder, Midlothian, was killed as the silver Fiat tore up 15ft of fencing, flipped upside down, scraped along a stone wall then fell 20ft into the water.
He has scraped along by poaching officials from other regions to fill in the gaps.
It scraped along the side of a Renault Megane before hitting a Rover Metro almost head-on and then rolling over.
"My back scraped along the bricks as I fell down and I banged my leg as I landed on a stick.
Then for some reason Mr Helens lost control of the vehicle and scraped along the wall for a short distance before going over the carriageway and into the car, which Mr Norman had stopped.
He said: "We heard the bang and the noise of the pick-up being scraped along and we knew there had been a bad accident.
Last night, a large scratch was visible on the side of the bus where it had scraped along a lamppost and a pool of blood lay on the step of the vehicle at the open doors.
Sparks flew as the chassis of the car scraped along the road.
Witness Jackie Sinclair, 30, said: "The plane touched down and its wing scraped along the tarmac.