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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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"But we wouldn't be scraping the barrel, believe me.
But in terms of numbers we are scraping the barrel at the moment," added Tait.
BERT WARD, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough * THE Boro are scraping the bottom in football and from a letter from your well informed correspondent Bert Ward (Just Focus On Key Issues, 27.11.10) it would seem the town is also scraping the barrel in a lot of other important areas.
All things are possible when a man once scraping the barrel on the streets of New York can work his way to glory in Dubai and on to top hat and tails at Royal Ascot.
If it's true, as alleged, that Labour are targeting cancer patients with scare stories about the NHS, we really are scraping the barrel.
They are desperately trying to find new sources of revenue but in my opinion they are scraping the barrel. Or am I wrong and in fact they bring so much pleasure to so many.
"They must be pretty desperate if they are scraping the barrel for me," Delap said.
But the fact Sven was left scraping the barrel in the penultimate match before he names his Euro 2004 squad was farcical -even if he does know the majority of his squad.
HHHHHBritish Light Music Classics 4 (Hyperion) After the success of the first volume, a sense of occasionally scraping the barrel has crept into the subsequent releases in this series from Ronald Corp and his New London Orchestra.
STRICTLY Come Dancing favourite Jay McGuiness has claimed the hit show's bosses are "scraping the barrel" to find contestants.
The latest reality garbage, Flockstars - with Z-list celebrities herding sheep and Gabby Logan as host - is really scraping the barrel. And in the same week we have people competing in a barbecue contest in BBQ Champ.
Have you ever heard the phrase scraping the barrel? Will workers who come from Coventry, Sandwell etc be discriminated against when applying for jobs or providing services?

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