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    scrape ones way through

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    The lane was so narrow that a donkey with panniers could hardly have scraped its way through.

    scrape through = to succeed or manage with difficulty

    scrape one’s way through = force one’s way through

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: scrape ones way through

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    The lane was so narrow that a donkey with panniers could hardly have scraped its way through.

    scrape through = to succeed or manage with difficulty

    scrape ones way through = force ones way through

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    Scraping one's way through doesn't usually imply force being used - merely that one only just managed to get through. You can just scrape a pass in an exam by getting the bare minimum for a pass grade. It's similar to "by the skin of your teeth" which also tells us something has only just been achieved.

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