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scratch up

Slang definitions & phrases for scratch up

scrape up

verb phrase

To get, esp laboriously and bit by bit: Dollar by dollar they scraped up a million/ even if you can't scratch up all of that cash now (first form 1617+, variant 1922+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • He proceeded to scratch up the sand for some distance around.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • That is, would you ride with me some day, if I can scratch up an animal?

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • Aloud, he said he thought he could scratch up two or three fellows.

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
  • There seems to be a general feeling that they track in dirt and scratch up mahogany furniture.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • I had been racking my brain trying to think of a way to scratch up a few pennies, and then this delightful surprise came.

  • And the Rooster scratched and scratched and scratched and whenever the Hen saw him scratch up something good he divided with her.

    The Shoemaker's Apron Parker Fillmore
  • Maybe once in a while our dog Peanut would get over in their back yard and scratch up their pansies.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • Yes, you come back another time, child, en I'll see can I scratch up a heap of dem other sign to tell you.

  • But he only took an old knife out of his pocket and began to scratch up the earth near the brook.

  • Because they scratch up a little handful of wheat or corn, while searching for worms or weevils.

    The Child's World Hetty Browne, Sarah Withers, W.K. Tate

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