pinch and scrape


pinch and scrape
scrimp and save & pinch and scrape
to be very thrifty; to live on very little money, often in order to save up for something. •

We had to scrimp and save in order to send the children to college.

The Smiths pinched and scraped all year in order to go on a Caribbean cruise.

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{v. phr.} To save as much money as possible by spending as little as possible. * /They are trying to buy their first house so they are pinching and scraping every penny they can./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • pinch and scrape — {v. phr.} To save as much money as possible by spending as little as possible. * /They are trying to buy their first house so they are pinching and scraping every penny they can./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pinch\ and\ scrape — v. phr. To save as much money as possible by spending as little as possible. They are trying to buy their first house so they are pinching and scraping every penny they can …   Словарь американских идиом

  • scrape — 1 verb 1 (T) to remove something from a surface, using the edge of a knife, stick etc: Scrape the carrots and slice them thinly. | scrape sth away/off etc: I tried to scrape some of the mud off my boots. | We scraped away several layers of old… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinch — 1 verb 1 (T) to press a part of someone s flesh very tightly between your finger and thumb, especially so that it hurts: Mum, he pinched me! 2 (T) informal to steal something, especially something small or not very valuable: Someone s pinched my… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • scrape — Synonyms and related words: ablate, ablation, abrade, abrase, abrasion, abrasive, accumulate, aggregate, amass, assemble, attrition, autolithograph, baffle, bafflement, bark, be a printmaker, belch, bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bending the …   Moby Thesaurus

  • scrape — v 1. grate, rasp, file, scrape off; strip, decorticate, peel, skin, bark, husk, shuck, excoriate; grind, whet, sand, sandpaper, pumice; abrade, rub off, chafe, graze, scour, scrub; smooth, polish, burnish, buff. 2. scratch, scuff, mar, scar, Scot …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • scrape — scrapable, adj. scrapeage, n. /skrayp/, v., scraped, scraping, n. v.t. 1. to deprive of or free from an outer layer, adhering matter, etc., or to smooth by drawing or rubbing something, esp. a sharp or rough instrument, over the surface: to… …   Universalium

  • pinch — Synonyms and related words: abstract, ace, acute pain, afflict, agonize, ail, alternate, alternative, and, annex, apprehend, apprehension, approach, appropriate, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, atom, backup, bag, bare cupboard, bare subsistence …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pinch — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. stress, strain, pressure, emergency, difficulty, plight, predicament; pinching, nip; slang, arrest. See circumstance, restraint. v. nip, compress, tighten, squeeze; chill, bite, hurt. See contraction …   English dictionary for students

  • pinch — v 1. squeeze, compress, constrict, tighten, contract, twist, wring; grip, grasp, grab, hold; tweak, pull, jerk. 2. bite, nip, vellicate; prick, stab, pierce; gall, chafe, rasp; sting, smart, pain, hurt, ache, discomfort, distress. 3. cramp,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder