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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 on 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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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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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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'Not only are value for money ratings scraping along the bottom but passengers on services provided by the two main operators in Wales, Arriva Trains Wales and First Great Western, have delivered a pretty damning verdict.
Two of the biggest names in the sport are scraping along at the bottom this year, having both been beaten in all of their first four contests.
The balloon created by the US space agency NASA is to circumnavigate the globe at a height of 20 miles, scraping along the edge of the atmosphere and studying outer space.
If you are scraping along on a minimum wage you are hardly likely to be swayed by a designer shaving hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds off their clothes if the tag still remains in the triple digits.
Neil, 47, said: "We've just been scraping along. We borrowed some money so we could get through Christmas, knowing that in the New Year there were a couple of jobs possibly in the pipeline.
Isitt drove between other vehicles, barging them out of the way and scraping along their sides, and rammed a police van which tried to block his way before knocking a police motorcycle and its rider onto the ground.
The incident shocked onlookers at the crowded airport who saw the right wing of the MD-80 scraping along the runway before the aircraft came to a halt 160 metres away from where it initially touched down.
They were forced to slide down emergency chutes after the Belfast-bound BA Regional Turboprop plane landed lopsided on the runway, one wing scraping along the ground.
In her work she makes a sort of new sub-genr e out of selutilation, drug-fuelled sexual excess and scraping along the bottom of life's barrel with one foot in a rehab centre and the other in her publisher's offices.
My bottom was almost scraping along the wet sand and I ended up with sand all over me but it was a brilliant experience