To get, esp laboriously and bit by bit: Dollar by dollar they scraped up a million/ even if you can't scratch up all of that cash now (first form 1617+, variant 1922+)
Maybe once in a while our dog Peanut would get over in their back yard and scratch up their pansies.
He proceeded to scratch up the sand for some distance around.
But he only took an old knife out of his pocket and began to scratch up the earth near the brook.
That is, would you ride with me some day, if I can scratch up an animal?
To catch fish without nets, and scratch up roots with naked hands, is indeed painful toil.
There seems to be a general feeling that they track in dirt and scratch up mahogany furniture.
Yes, you come back another time, child, en I'll see can I scratch up a heap of dem other sign to tell you.
I had been racking my brain trying to think of a way to scratch up a few pennies, and then this delightful surprise came.
He went a bit along the passage and called out, 'Effie, you can scratch up a bit of lunch for Mr. Hapgood?'
And the Rooster scratched and scratched and scratched and whenever the Hen saw him scratch up something good he divided with her.