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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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Scraping back through layers of the past we see the future lurching at us, and it's difficult to know where distinctions can be drawn between the natural and the engineered.
Cut them back to their point of origin, even if this means scraping back the soil to expose the base.
But Peslier has been scraping back his rival's lead and, two days ago at Compiegne, he took advantage of Boeuf's trip to Newmarket and landed a double to equal his rival's tally of 72.