scrape in

scrape in
ˌscrape ˈin [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they scrape in he/she/it scrapes in present participle scraping in past tense scraped in past participle scraped in] british phrasal verb
to achieve a position by a very small number of votes or points

The new candidate scraped in by a tiny one-vote margin.

Thesaurus: to be a candidate or winner in an electionsynonym elections and relating to the electoral systemhyponym
Main entry: scrape

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ˌscrape ˈin | ˌscrape ˈinto sth derived
to manage to get a job, a position, a place at college, etc, but with difficulty

He scraped in with 180 votes.

Our team just scraped into the semi-finals.

Main entry:scrapederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.