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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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pads on my Talbot 'I scraped together a few hundred quid and bought the poorest example of a dreadful car that it is possible to own.'
The money scraped together through the review would be diverted to the new extra budget and the fiscal 2010 budget.
We here at the Bureau of Indications are, of course, huge fans, but the $28.50 we scraped together was not enough to nab our favorite item: the nasal douche Elvis used to irrigate his sinuses before concerts.
He scraped together pounds 250 for a single shipment of tea and sold it door-to-door.
Q TWO years ago, we scraped together all we had for a deposit on a little flat conversion in a nice old house.
Can a plan scraped together in one week fix a problem brewing for years?
She considers indigenous women at different levels of the economic scale, including members of the pre-Hispanic ruling classes who learned to use the new system to their advantage, struggling converts to Catholicism who scraped together a few coins and personal possessions to pay for funeral rites, and women who rose from domestic service to become entrepreneurs and even slave owners.
Mailman Olivier Besan-cenot, of the far-left Revolutionary Communist League, said he barely scraped together the signatures.
He has already scraped together pounds 10,000 from family, friends and savings, meaning he has enough funds to complete a 19-day compulsory training project and compete in the first leg to Brazil.
Enhancing the humanity of female physicians are individual accounts of rejection from medical colleges, deaths of husbands and children, patients debilitated by malnutrition, and payment scraped together in fresh vegetables, eggs, and wool.