scrape by


scrape by
verb
manage one's existence barely
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I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary

Hypernyms:
cope, ↑get by, ↑make out, ↑make do, ↑contend, ↑grapple, ↑deal, ↑manage
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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MANAGE, cope, survive, muddle through/along, make ends meet, get by/along, make do, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, eke out a living; informal make out.
scrape

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ˌscrape ˈby [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they scrape by he/she/it scrapes by present participle scraping by past tense scraped by past participle scraped by] phrasal verb
to have enough money to pay for the things that you really need in order to live, but no more

She just manages to scrape by on her teacher’s salary.

Thesaurus: to have just enough moneysynonym
Main entry: scrape

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scrape by (also scrape along) [phrasal verb]
1 : to live with barely enough money : to be able to buy only the things you need most

Money was tight, but we somehow managed to scrape by. [=survive]

She's scraping along on just a few hundred dollars a month.

2 or scrape through : to succeed at doing something but just barely

He didn't study for the exam and just barely scraped by. [=he passed the exam but came very close to failing]

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Main Entry:scrape

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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