scrape by

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Etymology[edit]

scrape +‎ by.

Verb[edit]

scrape by (third-person singular simple present scrapes by, present participle scraping by, simple past and past participle scraped by)

  1. (intransitive) To only afford the essentials; to barely sustain oneself.
    Everyone in her family had to get a second job just so they could scrape by.

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