scratch up(redirected from scratch things up)
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1. To damage the surface of something or someone's skin with scratches. Those prickly bushes by the fence really scratched me up. Who scratched up my car? I know it didn't look like this the last time I drove it!
2. To find and gather or collect (things or people) from various sources or locations. I managed to scratch up enough cash to get a bus out to Vancouver to see my girlfriend this weekend. How are we ever going to scratch enough people up to form a team by this weekend?
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scratch someone or something up
to damage or mar someone or something by scratching. Being thrown clear of the car in the accident didn't break any bones, but it scratched her up a lot. Who scratched up my coffee table?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.