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scrap·ing

(skrāp'ing),
A specimen scraped from a lesion or specific site, for cytologic examination.
See also: smear.
Synonym(s): scrape

scrape

Abrasion, see there.

scrape

(skrāp)
To remove from the surface with a scalpel or other edged instrument.
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Peter Hain says the Tories are scraping the barrel with their candidates PICTURE: Peter Bolter [umlaut]
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.
As for the prospect of cutting state finances further at a time when the Finance Minister appears to be scraping the barrel, Paschalides said he will meet with Finance Ministry officials to discuss the proposal to reduce VAT on electricity as a way of avoiding price hikes.
They must be pretty desperate if they are scraping the barrel for me," Delap said.
The show's producers reckon this will be great entertainment but they are scraping the barrel for a storyline.
The latest reality garbage, Flockstars - with Z-list celebrities herding sheep and Gabby Logan as host - is really scraping the barrel.
Comment of PS20 the Day THE BBC are really scraping the barrel if they're having to milk old shows like Jonathan Creek again.
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).
But we wouldn't be scraping the barrel, believe me.
And if the start of this series is anything to go by, they really are scraping the barrel this time.
The Welsh Tories must really be scraping the barrel if this is the calibre of politician coming through their ranks.
But in terms of numbers we are scraping the barrel at the moment," added Tait.