Green’s Dictionary of Slang

scrape n.

[scrape v./SE scrape]

1. a shave; a barber.

[UK] ‘The Quay-side Shaver’ in A Garland of New Songs (1) 2: Nay, nothing escapes, Sir, until Madame Scrape, Sir, / Cries, ‘Gentlemen, who is the next to sit down?’.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 242: Please, now, git a scrape.
[US]News & Courier (Charleston, SC) 14 Apr. 18/1: I hated the idea of a shave. But I galloped into a barber shop [...] ‘That’s all right,’ said the boss barber [...] ‘You’ll be staked to a scrape’.
[US]C. Samolar ‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in AS II:9 390: A shave is a scrape.

2. butter; esp. as bread and scrape, as offered in institutions.

[UK]Eve. Mail (London) 11 May 3/6: What the boys call ‘bread and scrape’.
[UK]Bristol Mercury 15 Mar. 2/5: Their fare is of the simplest, consisting of bread and butter — familiarly known as ‘bread and scrape’.
Waterford News 5 June 4/1: Think of that; and so much bread and butter as the children eat, too.’ ‘It must have been what they call bread and scrape’.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 87: SCRAPE, cheap butter; ‘bread and scrape,’ the bread and butter issued to schoolboys.
[UK]Reynolds’s Newspaper 13 Aug. 3/4: For breakfast the children have a basin of [...] skimmed milk and bread and scrape.
[UK]R. Broughton Nancy III 213: Some people have their happiness thinly spread over their whole lives, like bread and scrape!
Shields Dly Gaz (Co. Durham) 23 Aug. 4/3: The young ladies [...] should be permitted to refresh themslves with ‘a mug of tea’ and two thick slices of ‘bread and scrape’.
[UK]Sussex Agric. Exp. 1 June 7/3: The boy did not like bread and scrape [...] he wanted something more than bread and scrape.
[UK]Shields Dly News 31 Aug. 4/3: The diet at girls’ schools does not consist so largely of ‘bread and scrape’ now as it did.
[UK]Yorks. Eve. Post 23 Mar. 3/5: ‘You are the young lady referenced to as having bread and scrape’.
[UK]E. Pugh Harry The Cockney 50: Bread and scrape ought to be good enough for me.
[UK]A. Brazil Fourth Form Friendship 73: ‘How disgustingly greedy you are! [...] You don't deserve anything, except plain bread and scrape’.
[UK]Marvel 15 May 6: Bread-and-scrape’s all right for me.
[UK]Walsall Obs. 1 Apr. 2/3: I don’t want to live on bread and scrape.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 63: A slice of bread and scrape.
[UK]Willans & Searle Complete Molesworth (1985) 21: Tea bred and scrape.
[UK](con. 1941) M. McGrath Silvertown 125: I don’t know why you don’t come down to number 27 and have a cup of tea and a drop of bread and scrape.

3. (also scraping, scrape job) an abortion.

[US]T.I. Rubin In the Life 89: Five bills for a scrape job. Can you imagine, a pro like me! [...] I got knocked up.
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 110: Sometimes a chick gets knocked up [...] She got a scraping.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 177: scrape job illegal abortion.
[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 179: ‘You arranged the abortion?’ [...] ‘I lent her the two hundred [...] And gave her the name of the guy does all the major studio scrapes.’.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 36: Other synonyms [for an abortion] include ‘slip a joey’, ‘crack an egg’, [...] ‘need a scrape’ (which can be a curette recommended for other reasons) or ‘have appendicitis’.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 36: He’s a card-game guard. He’s a scrape procurer.

4. (Aus.) an act of sexual intercourse.

O. White Under the Iron Rainbow 64: She’d give the old sergeant a scrape for free and he’d make things easy for her while she was in the lockup.

5. (Irish) a sexually complaisant woman.

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6. (UK black) one who interferes, who ’scrapes into’ situations where they are unwelcome. ‘Roadman Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Scrape - someone who ‘scrapes’ into social situations where they're not welcom.