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Scrap(e, Scraip(e, v. Also: skra(i)p, screape, screp, skrep, schrape, schraip. [ME and e.m.E. skrape(n (Manning), scrape(n (Chaucer), also schreapen, schrapen (both Ancr. R.), f. OE scrapian to scratch or f. ON skrapa to scrape, erase. Cf. MDu. schrapen.]

1. To remove (something) (from a surface) or put (something) aside by the action of scraping. Ȝet wes lewit hym [sc. Job] a schele To schrape his scabbis; Leg. S. xxix 519.
Of this scraped from the stone it groweth on, they make the lit; Sibbald's Orkn. & Shetl. 25.
He scraippit with his hand the wat beir asyde; 1666 Rothesay B. Rec. 122.

b. tr. To scratch out or erase (a word or passage of writing). Also transf. to remove (a person's name, memory, etc.) from a record. Also absol. (1) To scraip [Bann. skraip] out Johne, and wryte in Will or Wat; Henr. Fab. 1277.
Syn eftir that sciens began to payr … The sci away fast can thay rub and scraip; Doug. Conscience 14.
My name is … skraiped out of the texte but well retained in the glosse or comentarie; 1599 Lett. Jas. VI to Eliz. 130.
The Caluinian ministers … hes corruptit this salutation of the angel be thair fals translations in their Scottis Bible, screpping out the wordis ‘ful of grace’; Hamilton Facile Tr. in Cath. Tr. (STS) 231/5.
The ministers adulters this scripture be thair Scottis translation, screpand out thir wordis [etc.]; Ib. 233/31.
Ib. (1600) 89.
That scho left the testament … vnalterit … and that hir yongest brother … gaif it to hir again deleitit and scraipit out as it ves; 1605 Dundonald Par. Rec. 77.
Nine lynes … scraipit out; 1610 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 8.
(2) His memorie [was] abollist and scrapit out of the book of armes for ewer; Pitsc. I 100/11.
Moses sall never be scraped out of the buik of God; Rollock Wks. I 420.
Nothing can scrap thy name out of the book of life; Welsh Forty-eight Serm. 440.
(3) absol. Abolische or Scraip away; Despauter (1579).

c. transf. or fig. To erase or eradicate (a belief, fault, etc.). This … judgement … bydis sa sure … within you, that … thou sall never get it scraped out of thy saull; R. Bruce. Serm. 106.
It is not possible to get this fear hailelie scraped out; Ib. 107.
If thou scrape not out of thy heart the love of sin, thou shalt never read thy name written in the book of life truly; Dickson Wr. 100.

2. To clean or abrade (a surface). It is writtin upone new parchement and to mak the wryting seme auld the parchement is all scrapit and … blekkit; 1582 Misc. Stair Soc. I 114.
A knyf to screape the trunschers; 1631 Buccleuch Household Bk. 1 Oct.

b. fig. To deprive (a person) almost completely of his possessions, etc. His fatheris tennentis, as thocht they had been alswa part of hir conquerit boty, scho sa scrapit, till scho brocht thame in a maner to extreme beggarie; Buch. Detect. (1727) 27.

3. Chiefly of birds or animals: a. To remove (something) (out of the ground, etc.) by scratching with the feet or claws; to scratch (the ground), also, of a person, to rub or scratch (a surface) with the hands; to make (a hole) by scratching or scraping. b. absol. or intr. To search for food by scratching with the feet or claws; also in fig. context. c. intr. To scratch or scrape. a. (1) Now man I [sc. the fox] scraip my meit out off the sand; Henr. Fab. 740.
With our naillis [sc. the lark and the swallow] scharp and small Out off the eirth scraip [Bann. schraip] we ȝone seid; Ib. 1750.
I wes lyik the hen that skrepis the knyfe; Maitl. Q. 243/19.
(2) Rauins … Scraipand the eird; Rolland Seven S. 8476.
The seiknes … wes turnit into a horrable furie … that scho … scrapit the wall with hir handis; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 106.
(3) He is a proud tod quho wil not scraip his awin holl; Ferg. Prov. MS No. 493.
Scho … skrappit the hoill at the watter syde; 1613 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. V 47.
b. Ane cok … To get his dennar … Scraipand [Bann. Screpand] amang the as … He fand [etc.]; Henr. Fab. 68.
I had leuer go skraip [Makc. schraip] heir with my naillis Amangis this mow and luke my lifys fude; Ib. 92.
To scraip [Bann. schraip] and seik thair meit thay [sc. birds] maid thame boun; Ib. 1850.
Into that calf scraip quhill ȝour naillis bleid, Thair is na corne; Ib. 1853.
Thir hungrie birdis wretchis we may call Ay scraipand in this warldis vane plesance; Ib. 1917.
Wretchis in this warldis calf [Bann. wrak] dois scraip; Ib. 1928.
c. And quhen he [sc. the stork] sentit hir he scrapit with his neb a gret space and schew that he wes richt crabbit; Loutfut MS 23a.

d. ? To search, scavenge. That the haill myddynis be remowit of the hie gait, and that nane scraip on the hie gait; 1578 Glasgow B. Rec. I 69.

e. To scrape at. ? To attack (a person) with the fingernails, to scratch at, or ? erron. for Scrip v., to mock, jeer. Scho skornit Jok and skraipit [M. scrippit] at him; Christis Kirk 28 (B).

f. To scrape out (furth) to dig out, remove by digging or scraping. The assys deip … Doun dyd thai cast, and scrapis owt atanys The hait amyrris and the byrslyt banys; Doug. xi v 63.
For ane hen that seikis hyr meyt in the mydding may scraipe sa lang amang the fyltht quhil sche scraip furtht sum ald knyfe that hes been tynt; Compl. 12/27.
To skraip out hir said murthurit bairne out of the grave quhair it presentlie lyis; 1613 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. V 47.

g. tr. fig. To amass (wealth) by exaction or oppression. Cf. sense 2 b. Thai [supra wickit pastouris] brocht thair bastardis with the skrufe thai skraip To blande thair blude with barrownis be ambitioun; Scott i 65.

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