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scratch together

To find and gather or collect things or people from various sources or locations. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scratch" and "up." I managed to scratch together enough cash to get a bus out to Vancouver to see my girlfriend this weekend. How are we ever going to scratch enough people together to form a team by this weekend?
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"I wouldn't say there is rampant lawlessness; most people are going about their day-to-day life trying to scratch together a living," Feller says.
If you can scratch together pounds 15k, you could buy yourself a 98R AMG E55 which has its steering wheel on the right-hand side, even more performance and better resale value.
'I remember Newport did not have two ha'pennies to scratch together. We were bottom of the league, the kit had not been washed from the previous match and the chips were cold after the match.
At the time we had two small children (my ex-wife and I) and could barely scratch together the truck rental fee.
'What kind of house can you get for that?' asked astonished first-time buyers, struggling to scratch together a deposit and scouring regeneration areas for anything under pounds 100,000.
There's no doubt the org, formed by combining the London Film Commission with the London Film & Video Development Agency, is already making a difference (and so it should, with an annual budget of $5.4 million, more than double what the LFC and the LFDVA previously managed to scratch together between them).
"This time we've had to rely on players with Welsh grandparents to scratch together a side.