scrap

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  • IPA(key): /skɹæp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æp

Etymology 1[edit]

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)

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scrap (plural scraps)

  1. A (small) piece; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion.
    • 1852, Thomas De Quincey, Sir William Hamilton (published in Hogg's Instructor)
      I have no materials — not a scrap.
    I found a scrap of cloth to patch the hole.
  2. (usually in the plural) Leftover food.
    Give the scraps to the dogs and watch them fight.
  3. The crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat.
    pork scraps
  4. (uncountable) Discarded objects (especially metal) that may be dismantled to recover their constituent materials, junk.
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    That car isn't good for anything but scrap.
  5. (Britain, in the plural) A piece of deep-fried batter left over from frying fish, sometimes sold with chips.
  6. (uncountable) Loose-leaf tobacco, especially of a grade representing sweepings left over from handling higher grades.
  7. (ethnic slur, offensive) A Hispanic criminal, especially a Mexican or one affiliated with the Sureno gang.
  8. (obsolete) A snare for catching birds.
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scrap (third-person singular simple present scraps, present participle scrapping, simple past and past participle scrapped)

  1. (transitive) To discard.
  2. (transitive, of a project or plan) To stop working on indefinitely.
  3. (intransitive) To scrapbook; to create scrapbooks.
  4. (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.
  5. (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.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

scrap (plural scraps)

  1. A fight, tussle, skirmish.
    We got in a little scrap over who should pay the bill.
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scrap (third-person singular simple present scraps, present participle scrapping, simple past and past participle scrapped)

  1. to fight
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