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Scrape up   /skreɪp əp/   Listen
Scrape up

Gather (money or other resources) together over time.  Synonyms: come up, scrape, scratch.  "They scratched a meager living"

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"Scrape up" Quotes from Famous Books

... as I need to care if she did. But if the'e's care anywhe's around, I presume I'm the one to have it. I presume I did take a fancy to her, and I guess I shall be glad to see how I like her now; and if he's only told her I want some sewin' done, I can scrape up something to let her carry home with her. It's well I keep my things where I can put my hand on 'em at a time like this, and I don't believe I shall sca'e the child, as it is. I do hope Albe't won't hang round half the day ...
— Henry James, Jr. • William Dean Howells

... hot, and put a tablespoonful of butter in it; when it melts, shake it well from side to side, till all the bottom of the pan is covered. Put in the eggs and stir them, scraping them off the bottom of the pan until they begin to get a little firm; then draw the pan to the edge of the stove, and scrape up from the bottom all the time till the whole looks alike, creamy and firm, but not hard. Put them in a hot, ...
— A Little Cook Book for a Little Girl • Caroline French Benton

... in for tickets. The black man anxiously fumbled through one pocket after another, and finally remembered that his ticket was pinned to the lining of his hat. "Done tuk ebery cent I could scrape up to get dat ticket," he said, "but dat's all right. I kin wuk, an' fo'ks don' need money when dey's home." The conductor had passed on to the next seat behind. There sat a shabbily dressed woman, with anxious, frightened-looking face, the seat full ...
— Quiet Talks on Following the Christ • S. D. Gordon

... of etiquette to soak up gravy with bread, to scrape up sauce with a spoon, or to take up bones with ...
— Frost's Laws and By-Laws of American Society • Sarah Annie Frost

... he does, will end I don't know how. Bixiou often says to me, 'He is a downright rogue, that brother of yours.' Your grandson is right. Philippe will be up to some mischief that will compromise the honor of the family, and then we shall have to scrape up another ten or twelve thousand francs! He gambles every night; when he comes home, drunk as a templar, he drops on the staircase the pricked cards on which he marks the turns of the red and black. Old Desroches is trying to get him back into the army, ...
— The Two Brothers • Honore de Balzac

... try her," said Speed, after a silence. "You and I can scrape up a little money for her ...
— The Maids of Paradise • Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

... "By the way, I must scrape up some more capital somewhere, Honora. I've borrowed everything I could lay my hands on in Denver. Now I've written to some Chicago capitalists about my affairs and they show a disposition to help me out. They'll meet ...
— The Precipice • Elia Wilkinson Peattie

... worst at once, it will save you much sorrow hereafter. Now say no more, but scrape up a smile for those ...
— Yr Ynys Unyg - The Lonely Island • Julia de Winton

Words linked to "Scrape up" :   amass, collect, pile up, hoard, compile, scrape, accumulate, roll up, nickel-and-dime

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