I could not find the meaning of "scrap out" in online dictionaries.

I found the above-mentioned phrase in the following sentence:

In this golf game, you are dropped into the course with six other players and are asked to scrap it out for victory.

  • For what it's worth, as a native American English speaker but non-golfer, I didn't understand this either.
    – TypeIA
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 22:33
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    @TypeIA - You were never in a "scrap" as a child??
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 22:37
  • @HotLicks I was in quite a few scrapes, but never a scrap. I'm familiar with the adjective scrappy but never heard it used as a verb in this way. Maybe this is regional... I'm midwestern with a southern family. Or maybe I've been living under a rock (as my friends who golf would surely claim).
    – TypeIA
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 22:41
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    @TypeIA -- A "scrape" is a difficult situation, possibly but not necessarily a conflict per se, and possibly but not necessarily involving physical or figurative violence. A "scrap" implies a conflict of some sort.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 22:50
  • I can't find a reference, hence the comment, but the etymology is fighting for scraps (think puppies when you take out the leftovers from dinner).
    – mcalex
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 4:49

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The sense is to “fight for” victory.

Close to the sense suggested by Green a Dictionary of Slang


to fight:

1935 [US] N. Algren ‘Thundermug’ Texas Stories (1995) 72:

  • Sometimes I have to scrap some perty tough customers.

You can find other usage examples here.


Scrap can also refer to a fight, and is often used to describe minor quarrels or sports competitions that get really heated. So saying they have to "scrap it out" means they have to fight competitively for victory, essentially.


"Scrap" is slang for "fight". If someone is "scrappy", it means they can and are willing to fight. It has connotations of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and resilience.

It sounds like it's being used figuratively here - that the six players play until one of them is victorious, with no other elimination prior to one of them winning. The self-reliant/resourceful/resilient connotation indicates that the competition will require a player to be all of those things in order to win.


To be complete, we would also have to explain the out adverb, and the for preposition, in the phrasal verb to scrap it out for (something).

Out means

c. To a finish or conclusion: Play the game out
American Heritage

And for indicates the aim, of course.

So the sentence:

In this golf game, you are dropped into the course with six other players and are asked to scrap it out for victory.

means that they would have to fight to the end, so that one of them could achieve victory.


Scrap here is slang for brawl, often with a diminutive meaning, although it can be used metaphorically and therefore does not necessarily mean just a physical altercation that comes to literal blows. There are very few contexts where you can't just replace scrap with brawl to convey the same idea, both as a noun and as a verb.


As others have said, in this context "fight it out" would be another way to express the meaning, but using the phrase "scrap it out" tinges the competition with a feeling of it being of less consequence than other, perhaps simultaneous or contemporaneous, similar competitions.

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