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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.”

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I don't offer to take it myself, for I should only get into another scrape if I did.
Some gave me more than money--but I am a beggar now --and you women always had to get me out of my scrapes.
Here's the new bill, and here's the two months' interest-money, and a devil-and-all of a scrape it is to get it together in my business.
Really, Dodo, can't you hear how he scrapes his spoon?
We've been in some queer scrapes together - I've lots of messages for you
He remembered his failures and scrapes in the process of learning.
She won't; don't plague her any more, and she will be good to you when you get into scrapes," answered Polly, with her arm round Fan.
The scrapes of the bad boys make up the rest of the story, and it is for those you read these books, I think," answered his mother, stroking back the hair off the honest little face that looked rather abashed at this true statement of the case.
I'm always getting into scrapes myself and getting my best friends--people I'd shed my heart's blood for--into them too.
For the rest, he was ever in scrapes, ending invariably by falling on his feet, like those little figures which they sell for children's toys.
I imagine this habit of the jaguar is exactly similar to one which may any day be seen in the common cat, as with outstretched legs and exserted claws it scrapes the leg of a chair; and I have heard of young fruit- trees in an orchard in England having been thus much injured.
Tom stuck to him till he left, and got into many scrapes by so doing.