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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.
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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.
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It may have been that he was too bright a genius to live long, or it may have been that he took some pernicious substance into his bill, and thence into his maw--which is not improbable, seeing that he new-pointed the greater part of the garden-wall by digging out the mortar, broke countless squares of glass by scraping away the putty all round the frames, and tore up and swallowed, in splinters, the greater part of a wooden staircase of six steps and a landing--but after some three years he too was taken ill, and died before the kitchen fire.
Of course there was nothing left for me but to proceed to business, and I began scraping away at a great rate.
And there is an Elder Tree standing beside it; and the cock is scraping away the earth for the hens, look, how he struts!
The orchestra was drowned out by the terrible din, and Edna could see the bows scraping away across the violins, apparently without sound.
I easily got rid of these by scraping away the stuff of the flannel.
With this, she tilted some of the contents of the little bottle on to one of the little bits of flannel, and, again imparting some of the virtues of that preparation to one of the little brushes, began rubbing and scraping away with both on the crown of Steerforth's head in the busiest manner I ever witnessed, talking all the time.
He has to climb up and down dark chimneys, scraping away the soot with his bare hands, but he doesn't accept this lifestyle as his faith.
Carving is the act of using tools to shape something from a material by scraping away portions of that material.
It's business as usual in other stores as the workers begin the day by scraping away the fat and cleaning toilets before opening the doors to the public.
I also grew tired of the melodramatic and annoying violins scraping away in the background.
In fact, there was one lot of "workers" who were scraping away material on either side of the tracks.
Yes, slugs and snails do disfigure plants by scraping away plant tissue with their rasping mouths.
"When we noticed that little bluebird scraping away at the top of the sandcastle and the local meteorologists began to project daily thunderstorms, we scrambled to compile and send our documentation to Guinness World Records so we could have the height certified before the castle became any shorter," said Laura Ward, public relations representative for Jarrett's Castle.
"I am just not making enough money here, scraping away at the bottom of the barrel, and I probably should have done this three years ago, had I been cleverer and brave enough."
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