"small piece," late 14c., from Old Norse skrap "scraps, trifles," from skrapa "to scrape, scratch, cut" (see scrape (v.)). Meaning "remains of metal produced after rolling or casting" is from 1790. Scrap iron first recorded 1794.
"fight," 1846, possibly a variant of scrape (n.1) on the notion of "an abrasive encounter." Weekley and OED suggest obsolete colloquial scrap "scheme, villainy, vile intention" (1670s).
"to make into scrap," 1883 (of old locomotives), from scrap (n.1). Related: Scrapped; scrapping.
"to fight, brawl, box," 1867, colloquial, from scrap (n.2). Related: Scrapped; scrapping.
A fight; quarrel; dustup (1846+)
: They scrapped for days over the appointment
[origin uncertain; probably fr scrape]
Something written at CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa in the late 1970s. It ran on Interdata and Perkin-Elmer computers and was in use until the late 1980s.
[But what was it?]