scrape


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to scrape: scrape off

scrape

A slang expression for a property with improvements that should be bulldozed because they detract from the value of the land.Example: “That old shopping center is a scrape.”

References in classic literature ?
Sometimes a tuft of high grass washed along his sides as a wave washes along the sides of a ship, and sometimes a cluster of wild-pepper vines would scrape along his back, or a bamboo would creak where his shoulder touched it.
He said, 'You must come again, and bring a knife with you to scrape a hole in the iron.
What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer.
Jones, without moving a muscle, said: “Here, Squire Jones, you are well acquainted with these things; will you please to scrape the lint?
It's a scrape I am in--this, and it is you that must see me through.
Good man,' cried he, 'pray get me out of this scrape.
The milking progressed, till towards the end Tess and Clare, in common with the rest, could hear the heavy breakfast table dragged out from the wall in the kitchen by Mrs Crick, this being the invariable preliminary to each meal; the same horrible scrape accompanying its return journey when the table had been cleared.
All the greater reason why he should get out of the scrape by depending only on himself.
This is a nice scrape you've got me into, isn't it?
It's time you went to bed," decreed Anne, by way of getting out of the scrape.
You 've got me into a scrape, and you ought to help me out.
Everything I do gets me or my dearest friends into a scrape.