Green’s Dictionary of Slang

scraper n.

1. the penis.

[Ire]‘The Rakes of Stony Batter’ in A. Carpenter Verse in Eng. in 18C Ireland (1998) 340: He gently laid her down, and he pull’d out his scraper, / He play’d her such a tune.
[UK] ‘The Rakes of Stony Batter’ in Holloway & Black I (1975) 224: He gently laid her down, and he pull’d out his scraper.

2. (also three-cornered scraper) a cocked hat [its shape].

[UK]‘A. Burton’ Adventures of Johnny Newcome I 24: John in Uniform arrayed: Behold him! with his dirk and scraper, And new Coatee, as stiff as paper.
[UK]W.N. Glascock Naval Sketchbk I 37: Admiral’s office — dowsed swabs* —ditto gold-laced scraper† [note] *Epaulets †Gold-laced cocked-hat.
[UK]Navy at Home II 99: I say, Billybuffer, lend us your ‘scraper,’ who’ll lend me a coat.
[UK]Lancaster Gaz. 12 Nov. 4/2: ‘No you honour,’ replied he to the officer, at the same time dowsing the remnants of a three-cornered scraper that had [...] been in the affray.
[UK]Western Dly Press 9 Nov. 2/6: The prisoner threw a three-cornered scraper at her.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. 255: THREE-CORNERED SCRAPER, a cocked hat.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

3. (also chin-scraper) a barber.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Oct. 1/1: A dandy hairdresser is particularly strong at making every post a winner [and] the society chin-scraper now dodges out the back window to evade the clerk of the scales.
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 71: Listening to the big baseball arguments at the local scrapers as you wait to be cut up and smothered.
[US]E. Dahlberg Bottom Dogs 32: I could be a piano teacher and not have to slave as a chin-scraper.
[US]‘Dean Stiff’ Milk and Honey Route 213: Scrapers’ schools – Barber college where students practice on hobos.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 1024/1: from ca. 1790.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).

4. a foot, a shoe; always in phr. take to one’s scrapers

5. a razor.

Public Opinion 19 June n.p.: The beard and moustache which the sailors in the Royal Navy will be permitted to wear, thereby doing away with the objection that blue-jackets have to the scraper [F&H].
[UK]M. Williams Round London 24: ‘Scrapers, sir, scrapers?’ she cried in my ear.
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.

6. a cheating beggar, one who shams suffering.

[UK]A. Day Mysterious Beggar 208: ‘Many of these people simulate – pretend to be suffering, when they are not.’ ‘You mean the bams; the scrapers?’.

7. see catgut-scraper under catgut n.1

In phrases

take to one’s scrapers (v.) (also pick up one’s scrapers)

to run off.

[Ire] ‘Luke Caffrey’s Gost’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 2: But den, boys, ’twas no shame to take to our scrapers – neck or noting was de word!
J. Mactaggart Gallovidian Encyc. 47: She took to her ‘scrapers’, as the Irish phrase it, and skelped home in a crack .
[Ire]W. Carleton ‘The Three Tasks’ Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry I 77: I’ll throw her a handful of these guineas, and take to my scrapers.
[US]W. Otter Hist. of My Own Times (1995) 95: At which we picked up our scrapers as speedy as we could move.
[Ire]S. Lover Handy Andy 295: He gave up the gold, and he took to his scrapers.
[UK]Newry Examiner 10 May 3/3: We did not believe that he would take to his scrapers so soon as he has done.
[Ind]H. Hartigan Stray Leaves (2nd ser.) 226: [She] took to her scrapers wid all the haste she could muster.
[Ire]Freeman’s Jrnl (Dublin) 25 Feb. 7/5: He entered in quest of shelter. It not being forthcoming, he had no alternative but to take to his scrapers again.
[UK]T. Sutherland Green Kiwi 64: Riki would ‘take to his scrapers’ when the moment arrived.
[NZ]B. Crump Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 63: Tonker took to his scrapers and hid in a hedge till the ambulance had gone. [Ibid.] 190: Jack and I didn’t wait around to hear all of it, we took to our scrapers.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 180: scrapers Your feet when you are running away and take to your scrapers. From Anglo-Irish scraper, foot.