Green’s Dictionary of Slang

scrap n.2

[? SE scrape]
(orig. boxing)

1. (also scrape, scrap-up) a fight.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 5/1: Such meetings don’t always end as they begin, it being customary to wind up with a general ‘slog’ or at least a private ‘scrapp’. [Ibid.] 11/2: As soon as the scrape began, blows from unexpected quarters fell thick and heavy around.
[UK]London Dly News 29 July 4/8: A few gentlemen [...] wished to see a really good scrap.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Sept. 6/1: The recent little ‘scrap’ in London, when Sir George Chetwynd put up one of the noble ‘shutters’ of the Earl of Lonsdale, reminds us that pugilism is not quite a lost art among our blessed old nobility.
[US]S. Crane Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 4: ‘Gee!’ he murmered with interest, ‘A scrap. Gee.’.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 17 June 3/5: The result of which was a ‘scrap’ betwen two sailors and a plunge for liberty into the bay.
[UK]E. Pugh Tony Drum 195: So we had a scrap up.
[UK]Marvel XIV:343 June 16: The scrap-up continued for half an hour.
[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 283: But ef you’re huntin’ a scrap, come on out ’n the street.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 1 May 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That he Esplanade green was recently the scene of a sudden scrap. That there were two well-known athletes mixed in the gory go.
[NZ]Truth (Wellington) 6 Apr. 6/4: It was not the first time he had had a scrap.
[US]‘A-No. 1’ From Coast to Coast with Jack London 104: Becoming warmed up to the scrap which had been forced on him.
[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 153: A like a scrap as well as any man.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 226: I got in a scrap over a broad.
[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 21: Put up a good scrap.
[UK]G. Kersh They Die with Their Boots Clean 123: ’E’d never ’ad a scrap in ’is life.
[US]Green & Laurie Show Biz from Vaude to Video 55: The Fitzsimmons-O’Brien scrap was shown in 1905 movie houses.
[UK]P. Closterman (trans.) Big Show 43: It was captain Martell’s calm voice. You could feel he was hugging himself at the prospect of the big scrap coming.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 54: Dave may be strong, but he would never dare start a scrap with me.
[Aus]D. Ireland Glass Canoe (1982) 15: During a little scrap up a dusty lane someone hit one of Danny’s mates with an iron bar.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 92: Did I tell you about me scrap with Liam Gallagher?
[UK]Sun. Times Mag. 6 Feb. 9: We went into this scrap on the kitchen floor [...] She threw the knife across the room, and we both stopped fighting.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 86: ‘If they get into a scrap [...] we make ’em show love’.

2. a heated argument, a quarrel.

[US]Ade More Fables in Sl. (1960) 114: He knew just how to Arbitrate a Domestic Scrap.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Outside and Declined’ Sporting Times 8 Aug. 1/3: For ourselves, whene’ver we’ve had a scrap, the home team has sufficed, / Interference from outside I’ve always parried.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 113: The great scrap is between dry flies and wet flies. Personally I’m for dry flies.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 238: There’s no complications [...] no love letters, no scraps, what?
[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 57: The time was right for a bit of laying down the law. – No rows or scraps, righ’.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 53: He knew not to give in over anything without a full-blooded scrap.
[UK]Observer Rev. 7 May 3: When it comes to bitchy scraps, Tatler v. Harpers & Queen is right up there.

3. a military encounter.

[UK]P. MacGill Moleskin Joe 22: When there’s a scrap on, it’s easy pluggin’ a bloke unbeknowin’!
[UK]D. Davin For the Rest of Our Lives 79: The bastards got my cobber the first day of the scrap.