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 for To scrape acquaintance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scrape \Scrape\ (skr[=a]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scraped; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Scraping.] [Icel. skrapa; akin to Sw. skrapa,
     Dan. skrabe, D. schrapen, schrabben, G. schrappen, and prob.
     to E. sharp.]
     1. To rub over the surface of (something) with a sharp or
        rough instrument; to rub over with something that roughens
        by removing portions of the surface; to grate harshly
        over; to abrade; to make even, or bring to a required
        condition or form, by moving the sharp edge of an
        instrument breadthwise over the surface with pressure,
        cutting away excesses and superfluous parts; to make
        smooth or clean; as, to scrape a bone with a knife; to
        scrape a metal plate to an even surface.
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     2. To remove by rubbing or scraping (in the sense above).
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              I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her
              like the top of a rock.               --Ezek. xxvi.
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     3. To collect by, or as by, a process of scraping; to gather
        in small portions by laborious effort; hence, to acquire
        avariciously and save penuriously; -- often followed by
        together or up; as, to scrape money together.
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              The prelatical party complained that, to swell a
              number the nonconformists did not choose, but
              scrape, subscribers.                  --Fuller.
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     4. To express disapprobation of, as a play, or to silence, as
        a speaker, by drawing the feet back and forth upon the
        floor; -- usually with down. --Macaulay.
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     To scrape acquaintance, to seek acquaintance otherwise than
        by an introduction. --Farquhar.
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              He tried to scrape acquaintance with her, but failed
              ignominiously.                        --G. W. Cable.
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