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Middle English scrappe, from Old Norse skrap, from skrapa (“to scrape, scratch”), from Proto-Germanic *skrapōną, *skrepaną (“to scrape, scratch”), from Proto-Indo-European *skreb-, *skrep- (“to engrave”)
- A (small) piece; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion.
- I found a scrap of cloth to patch the hole.
- 1852, Thomas De Quincey, “Sir William Hamilton”, in Hogg's Instructor:
- I have no materials — not a scrap.
- The smallest amount.
- 1920, [Elizabeth von Arnim], In the Mountains, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, page 188:
- “I don't mind anything. I don't mind your being technically German a scrap. All I think is that it was a little—well, perhaps a little excessive to marry another German when you had done it once already. […] ”
- (usually in the plural) Leftover food.
- Give the scraps to the animals: any meat to the dogs, and the rest to the hogs.
- The crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat.
- pork scraps
- (uncountable) Discarded objects (especially metal) that may be dismantled to recover their constituent materials, junk.
- That car isn't good for anything but scrap.
- (UK, in the plural) A piece of deep-fried batter left over from frying fish, sometimes sold with chips.
- (uncountable) Loose-leaf tobacco of a low grade, such as sweepings left over from handling higher grades.
- Synonym: trash
- (ethnic slur, offensive) A Hispanic criminal, especially a Mexican or one affiliated with the Sureno gang.
- (obsolete) A snare for catching birds.
small piece, fragment
crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat
offensive: Hispanic criminal
snare for catching birds
- (transitive) To discard; to get rid of.
- 2023 May 29, Jonathan Head, “Pita Limjaroenrat: Thai election upstart who vows to be different”, in BBC:
- The party plans to scrap the military-drafted constitution, and bring the army's many business interests under the Ministry of Finance.
- (transitive, of a project or plan) To stop working on indefinitely.
- (intransitive) To scrapbook; to create scrapbooks.
- (transitive) To dispose of at a scrapyard.
- 2020 May 20, John Crosse, “Soon to be gone... but never forgotten”, in Rail, page 63:
- Northern made much of the scrapping of the first of the Pacers (142005), and to date 35 of its Class 142s have been scrapped, with a further 11 off-lease at Gascoigne Wood.
- (transitive) To make into scrap.
- 1939 September, D. S. Barrie, “The Railways of South Wales”, in Railway Magazine, page 165:
- Standing on the mountain above Caerphilly, one may reflect upon the gap where once stood Llanbradach Viaduct, and look near at hand upon the restored ruins of Caerphilly Castle; man labours to rebuild the mediaeval whilst he ruthlessly scraps the modern.
to dispose at the scrapyard
scrap (plural scraps)
- to fight