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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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So she scraped away harder than ever, and made the hole so large that he could get out.
Then he scraped away the dirt, and exposed a pine shingle.
"And you scraped away the sand, and dug a hollow place in it?"
"Yes, I scraped away the sand on the surface, and in a little while I came to a strip of paper hidden beneath, which had writing on it.
"I dug deeper and scraped away more moss, till presently I saw.
Squatting upon his haunches, he scraped away a little earth to expose one of the cross-bars.
And then a certain fiddle in the orchestra--I could distinguish it--began to say as it scraped away, 'Why not, why not?' And then, in that rapid movement, all the fiddles took it up and the conductor's stick seemed to beat it in the air: 'Why not, why not?' I'm sure I can't say!
He declared, 'the dark rings on the carrot, even after washing, needs to be scraped away. Some are grown with human manure.
Vietnam was not just a quagmire but a killing field, sucking the potential of tens of thousands of Americans into a jungle war where rights and wrongs disappeared in the murk, even as its impacts scraped away at the country.
7), the couple had purchased four Super Red Envelope scratch cards from the counter and happily scraped away, before riding off on their scooter.
And as I lay in bed, I often scraped away at the bulges on my wall to extract the chips of wood contained within.
Anna Bitowski and a team scraped away vegetation at the overgrown St Agnes Road cemetery in Conwy.
Abrasion In abrasion (or grazes) the surface skin is scraped away. It usually results from sliding falls and may contain dirt.
Melbourne, November 30 ( ANI ): Two German students, who stole into the Great Pyramid and scraped away some ancient writing, claimed that the Great Pyramids are 20,000 years old.
EBRAHIM Qaed and Ali Fakhro scraped away with a hard-earned victory on super tie-break in group 'B' of the Late Y K Almoayyed Men's Doubles Tennis Championship at Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC).