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  1. A broad, shallow injury left by scraping (rather than a cut or a scratch).
He fell on the sidewalk and got a on his knee.
  1. A fight; especially a fist fight without weapons.
He got in a with the school bully.
  1. An awkward set of circumstances.
I'm in a bit of a — I've no money to buy my wife a birthday present.
  1. (context, UK, slang) A D and C or abortion; or, a miscarriage.
    • 1972, in U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, Abuse of psychiatry for political repression in the Soviet Union. Hearing, Ninety-second Congress, second session, United States Government Printing Office, page 127,
    • :It"s quite possible, in view of the diagnosis "danger of miscarriage", that they might drag me off, give me a and then say that the miscarriage began itself.
    • 1980, John Cobb, Babyshock: A Mother"s First Five Years, Hutchinson, page 232,
    • :In expert hands abortion nowadays is almost the same as having a (D & C) and due to improved techniques such as suction termination, and improved lighter anaesthetic, most women feel no worse than having a tooth out.
    • 1985, Beverley Raphael, The Anatomy of Bereavement: a handbook for the caring professions, Routledge, ISBN 0415094542, page 236,
    • :The loss is significant to the woman and will be stated as such by her. For her it is not "nothing," "just a ," or "not a life." It is the beginning of a baby. Years later, she may recall it not just as a miscarriage but also as a baby that was lost.
    • 1999, David Jenkins, Listening to Gynaecological Patients\ Problems, Springer, ISBN 1852331097, page 16,
    • :17.Have you had a or curettage recently?
      1. A shallow depression used by ground birds as a nest; a nest scrape.
    • 1948, in Behaviour: An International Journal of Comparative Ethology, E. J. Brill, page 103,
    • :We knew from <span style="font-variant:small-caps">U. Weidmann</span>"s work (1956) that Black-headed Gulls could be prevented from laying by offering them eggs on the empty veil before &hellip;
    • 2000, Charles A. Taylor, The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia, Kingfisher Publications, ISBN 0753452693, page 85,
    • :The plover lays its eggs in a on the ground. &para; &hellip; &para; Birds" nests can be little more than a in the ground or a delicate structure of plant material, mud, and saliva.
    • 2006, Les Beletsky, Birds of the World, Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 0801884292, page 95,
    • :Turkey females place their eggs in a shallow in a hidden spot on the ground. Young are born ready to leave the nest and feed themselves (eating insects for their first few weeks).
verb (scrapes, scraping, scraped)
  1. To draw a sharp or angular object along (something) while exerting pressure.
Her fingernails scraped across the blackboard, making a shrill sound.
  1. (italbrac, followed by an adverb) To cause something to be in the state implied by the adverb by scraping.
Scrape the chewing gum off with a knife. (= "remove the chewing gum with a knife by scraping")
  1. To injure by scraping.
She tripped on a rock and scraped her knee.

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