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scrape off

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 "off." He used a putty knife to scrape off the old paint from the wall. Stop scraping your scabs off or you'll end up with a scar! I had to use my fingers to scrape the mud off my windshield.
See also: off, scrape
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scrape something off (of) someone or something

 and scrape something off
to rub or stroke something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I sat down and scraped the caked mud off of me. It was everywhere! Jake scraped off the rust.
See also: off, scrape
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Both riders' legs were caught in the consequent squeeze, and, as Bob plunged ahead down hill, Dede was nearly scraped off. Daylight threw his horse on to its haunches and at the same time dragged Dede back into the saddle.
Franklin scraped off all the nice varnish with pumice-stone, and made what he described as a surface to work on.
He had two more, one of whom fed the squire with a spoon, and the other held the dish with one hand, and scraped off what he let fall upon his worship's beard and taffety vest.
The damp had rendered it friable, and Dantes was able to break it off -- in small morsels, it is true, but at the end of half an hour he had scraped off a handful; a mathematician might have calculated that in two years, supposing that the rock was not encountered, a passage twenty feet long and two feet broad, might be formed.
Her game is up yet she is clinging on like an insane limpet about to be scraped off the side of sinking ship.
All the cultivated top soil was scraped off and removed.
The ministry said paint on the underside of the rear fuselage was scraped off.
George had 'sectioned off' my navel before he incised my tummy at the bikini line, lifted the skin and scraped off the fat.
New Delhi, August 5, ( ANI ): Samajwadi Party on Tuesday pledged support to the students protesting against Civil services aptitude test (CSAT) issue and threatened to disrupt the proceedings of the parliament till CSAT is scraped off entirely from the civil services examination.
Supporters say meat should not to go to waste, but opponents question the safety of eating animal flesh scraped off asphalt.
The Tokyo branch of the company said graffiti will be scraped off and recoated with glossy paint that promotes fast and easy removal of graffiti and adhesives.
People who get the plaque scraped off their teeth may be less likely to have a heart attack, Emily Chen of Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan reported November 15.
A lot of the skin has been scraped off, the sea conditions are brutal here, he would have had a rough journey.
I have seen screens that accumulated a thick mat of debris on top that had to be scraped off. Metal screens seem to work better and are easier to clean.
It will last all winter, and can be easily scraped off in the spring.