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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

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
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How long until someone attempts to validate the Shroud of Turin by scraping off some DNA, raising the kid, and seeing if he can transform water into wine?
He was reluctant, but agreed, and we set about lifting the carpets the next day, pulling out tacks, and scraping off dried glue.
Scraping off the inside of a pot shows what they ate and even the kinds of crops they grew."
* Cleaning out the used specimen can be done in less than a minute by removing the disk and lower plate, scraping off the melt specimen, and wiping with a soft cloth.
After meticulously scraping off the inner and outer intestinal layers, the researchers place the resulting SIS in a bottle of antibiotic-laced saline solution and store it in a refrigerator, where it keeps for more than a month.
The "trigger" (1) sets his man up before scraping off the pin screen (2 or 4) set at the low post and then curls toward the deep corner for a possible 3-point shot.
Contractors will be told to investigate main roads and repair all defects by scraping off less than two inches of the surface instead of digging it out as normal.
Scraping off the plastic film, 37-year-old Bill cried out in disbelief then burst into tears.
thick), turning the burners on high for 10-15 min with the doors closed, thoroughly scraping off buildup and reacted oxide, and skimming debris from the melt surface.
However, killing or scraping off resident bivalves provides only a temporary solution; incoming water soon brings more larvae, and the control efforts must begin again.
Coastal mountain ranges from Northern California up to Alaska were formed by the scraping off of fragment of the ancient Farallon plate as it subducted beneath the North American continent.
Shahnaz Hussain advises that if you have applied any makeup, remove it with a makeup remover first, then use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water to wash off the color, but do not rub vigorously as you would be scraping off the skin of its protective layer.
If you can't re-pot, then top dress by scraping off the top inch of soil and replacing with fresh compost.
A HALF barrels make excellent mini ponds and I suggest that you start by scraping off any loose or rotten wood, together with any debris on the inside of the barrel.
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