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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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Jay, 25, told chat show host Alan Carr: "After 10 years of Strictly they're scraping the barrel for who they can get to do it.
"They [the prosecution] are scraping the barrel to try and involve Mark Avery in this.
I know all about the economic climate in this country but I would like to ask Gibson why we have gone from the extreme of spending PS12m on Alfonso Alves to really scraping the barrel when trying to sign players the last two seasons.
Lawyer Robin Tam, acting for the home secretary, said Qatada was "scraping the barrel" with an appeal that "bears all the hallmarks of a last-ditch argument".
"Selecting candidates who don't support the party leadership and have no confidence in the state of the Labour Party suggests they really are scraping the barrel.
In these cold days of February it's only natural one searches for anything to celebrate, but the PA announcer at Kempton may have been scraping the barrel when he suggested anyone celebrating a divorce contact him for a course-wide announcement of the happy fact.
"It's an area that is well-used by kids and families, it really is scraping the barrel to cash in on the scrap metal boom by taking well-loved equipment, particularly for those with sensory deprivation."
You will be scraping the barrel next Christmas and for years to come.
WEDNESDAY Great British Waste Menu (BBC1, 8.30pm) ARE the broadcasters now scraping the barrel - literally - in a bid to produce yet another food programme?
"We're looking at guys ranked 250 to 400 in the world, possibly getting a gold jacket to play Davis Cup, and that's scraping the barrel. We've really got to try and make a change, and the best way comes back to the coaching," he added.
The show's producers reckon this will be great entertainment but they are scraping the barrel for a storyline.
It's either a prank by a brain-dead moron (though I doubt it); or somebody living close by didn't like the noise in the mornings; or even somebody looking for a cheap meal (which would have to be really scraping the barrel as chicken is pretty cheap).
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