scrape (something) off of (something)

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scrape (something) off of (something)

To remove something from some surface with or as with the vigorous scrubbing of a rough, sharp, or hard-edged instrument. He used a putty knife to scrape the old paint off of the wall. I had to use my fingers to scrape the mud off of my windshield.
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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.
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