scrap Definition

  • 1a small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used
  • 2a fight or quarrel, especially a minor or spontaneous one

Using scrap: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "scrap" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She collected scraps of fabric to make a quilt.

  • Example

    There were only scraps of food left on the plate.

  • Example

    They got into a scrap over who would pay the bill.

  • Example

    The two boys had a scrap in the playground.

scrap Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for scrap

Idioms Using scrap

  • to use the last and worst of the resources available


    We had to scrap the barrel to find enough money to pay the rent.

  • completely worthless or useless


    The old computer was not worth a scrap.

  • fighting like cat and dog

    having frequent arguments and fights


    The two siblings were always fighting like cat and dog.

Phrases with scrap

  • discarded metal that can be reused for manufacturing or construction purposes


    The old car was sold for scrap metal.

  • paper that has already been used on one side and is still suitable for further use


    I always keep a pile of scrap paper by my desk for taking notes.

  • a place where waste material or unwanted things are stored


    The old furniture was thrown onto the scrap heap.

Origins of scrap

from Old Norse 'skrap', meaning 'scraps, trifles'


Summary: scrap in Brief

The term 'scrap' [skrap] refers to small pieces or amounts of something, often leftovers from a larger whole. It can also denote a fight or quarrel, especially a minor or spontaneous one, as in 'They got into a scrap over who would pay the bill.' 'Scrap' extends into phrases like 'scrap metal,' referring to discarded metal that can be reused, and idioms like 'not worth a scrap,' meaning completely worthless or useless.

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